When many people hear the term ‘caregiver,’ they imagine a person who embodies the spirit of Florence Nightingale. This person does not take the time to worry about their own needs; they only care about taking care of those dependent on them. Unfortunately, it is easy to confuse being a caregiver with someone considered an enabler or a codependent.
Fortunately, all of these images that are synonymous with caregivers are wrong. A caregiver is a real person who has real emotions. This person laughs, cries, yells, and feels pain. To be the best caregiver for your loved one, you must understand the role of the caregiver and embrace all of the emotions accompanying the part.
An effective caregiver knows when to seek assistance and willingly does so. However, this is one of the most brutal truths for caregivers to accept. To avoid hiring the wrong type of caregiver during this challenging time, enlist the help of a professional and licensed agency to find the best outside professional to assist in the home.
Do Not Become a Martyr
When caring for someone else, it is easy to overlook your physical, mental, and emotional needs. However, it would be best to remember that you are human, have limitations, and never downplay your personal health needs. Always remember that you are as important as the person you care for.
You Will Be Emotional
When caring for your loved one, you will feel all the emotions you usually would. For example, you may get upset when you have to answer the same question 20 times in one hour or feel frustrated because you believe there is nothing you can do to improve your loved one’s condition. Having a wide range of emotions is normal while being a caregiver.
One of the most valuable assets for a 24/7 caregiver is respite. Respite will allow you to keep a positive attitude and a healthy mind. This private time will also help you physically recover from the demands of caregiving.
Being a caregiver is a job that is full of ups and downs. At times, you may find great joy in what you do; other times, you may be upset and angry. These feelings are normal, but never forget why you chose this role. Taking care of your needs and asking for help when necessary will help you be a more effective caregiver.
Do you need respite care or assistance with your loved one? Contact a qualified staff member with Evergreen Private Care to see how a caregiver can provide the competent care and compassion your loved one needs and deserves.