Younger and match Chris Punsalan has gone viral on-line, however possibly not for the explanations that you simply suppose. A protracted-time musician and content material creator, 29-year-old Punsalan is all around the web with tons of of hundreds of subscribers on his social media accounts.
Many of the content material that has set the web abuzz nowadays focuses on humorous clips, meals vlogs, and enjoyable dance sequences – however not Punsalan’s. His social media is all about giving his beloved grandma, the very best aged care.
Punsalan, of Henderson, Nevada, was all the time fascinated about making a presence on social media. He created his YouTube channel in 2014 and began making TikTok movies in 2019.
Initially specializing in music, his platforms now doc the loving relationship and every day routine together with his grandma, who requires fixed aged care.
Initially from Tarlac province within the Philippines, the Punsalans moved to america with their grandma, who was a former elementary college trainer.
The grandma had a caregiver to handle her aged care, and Punsalan would usually assist out. He recalled, “That was my introduction to it, however I by no means noticed myself as a full-time caregiver. It was actually troublesome for me to even assist the caregiver as a result of it made me actually uncomfortable, seeing my grandmother like that. I grew up along with her, so seeing her not with the ability to do issues for herself was actually troublesome for me.”
In 2015, the caregiver might now not go to, and the household confronted a tricky determination – rent a full-time caregiver or convey grandma to a house for the aged.
Punsalan made the selection simpler for the household. On the time, he was about to graduate and didn’t have something lined up. He couldn’t think about sending his grandma away, nor seeing her being cared for by somebody she didn’t know.
Realizing how shut he was to his grandma, Punsalan determined that he would handle her aged care. “I used to be like, I’d moderately be the one to maintain her as a substitute of bringing her to dwelling care. I wasn’t pressured into it, however I felt prefer it was my obligation to step up and tackle the duty. Now, I couldn’t think about my life being another approach,” he stated.
Now, he devotes all his time to her. His dedication to grandma quickly advanced into his social media content material.
Earlier than he had experimented with totally different contents and kinds, principally specializing in his curiosity in music, and now he’s well-known for one thing even nearer to his coronary heart.
He first posted about guaranteeing his grandma’s aged care on TikTok in 2019, which generated 25.7 million views.
He stated, “I had no thought it could try this. I really feel like that’s what everybody says, however type of at the back of our thoughts, it could be good if the video(s) would take off. It was simply very nice to see folks accepting and being actually receptive to it.”
Clearly, it created a whole lot of curiosity, however he actually started importing extra movies of his grandmother in 2022, forming an enormous following amongst individuals who have been actually touched by the loving and caring relationship between Punsalan and his grandma.
The vlogs cowl the every day routine of aged care: from making ready her mattress and ensuring she’s snug, to getting her up within the morning, getting her washed and clothed, making use of mattress sore drugs, making ready her meals, transporting her round the home, and lifting her from wheelchair to her mattress.
Punsalan’s lighthearted character shines by means of all these duties, and he maintains a playful banter with grandma. There are a whole lot of inside jokes that get a smile out of his grandmother.
All of Punsalan’s chores are executed with excessive tenderness, and there are a whole lot of classes for individuals who are additionally managing the aged care of their family members.
Punsalan talks about managing grandma’s hygiene, giving her duties in order that she maintains a way of objective, and holding her habits alive, together with saying prayers earlier than meals.
His grandma’s aged care requires undivided consideration, love, and persistence, however Punsalan has confirmed that he’s greater than able to caring for his grandma.
They usually converse to one another in Kapampagan, their native dialect, and Punsalan calls her “Apu,” which is Kapampangan for Lola or grandmother.
Now 96, grandma, nonetheless, is frail, which regularly worries Punsalan. She has turn out to be actually forgetful, which is obvious in a few of his movies, the place Punsalan would ask her who he was and the way they have been associated.
Typically the dialogue would appear like a guessing recreation till she would accurately acknowledge Punsalan as her grandson. Moments like these make him unhappy, but in addition extra conscious of the necessity to treasure each second.
Punsalan all the time goes the additional mile to make sure his grandma is content material and has every thing that she wants. He makes certain that she has her treasured rosary, and that she is aware of how a lot Punsalan loves her.
He hopes that viewers take a pair issues away from watching the movies with grandma. He stated, “Placing myself in an outdated individual’s footwear—like hopefully after I turn out to be a grandfather—if I had a grandchild to assist me out, it could simply make life a lot simpler. I believe [caregiving] is an underappreciated subject. I simply wish to shed some gentle on caregivers and hopefully encourage youthful folks to wish to maintain their dad and mom or grandparents.”
Grandma all the time comes first, however Punsalan makes certain to have a wholesome steadiness between his grandmother and his different passions.
His life-style might not have began this fashion, however he has discovered to embrace all of the tasks that include aged care and share what he is aware of with the group.
You may comply with Chris on his social media accounts: Fb, YouTube, and TikTok.
Take a look at their cute relationship within the video beneath:
@firstnamechris this may be inconceivable with out my household #caregiver #hallmarkmovie #hallmark #caringacrossgenerationspartner ♬ authentic sound – Chris Punsalan
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