6 Secrets to Making Caregiving Easier
Being a caregiver is by far one of the toughest careers out there, no doubt about it. Yet there are many ways to ensure that you can retain your peace of mind and maintain a work-life balance, all while improving your skills and focusing on what’s important – the bond you have with your client!
So, we wanted to share some of our secrets to making your life as a caregiver a bit easier and feel extra rewarding!
Caregivers are entrusted by families and employers to provide the best possible care for their senior loved ones. You carry a great deal of responsibility. Yet the first step to feeling like you’re up for the challenge is to trust yourself. Have faith in your talents, your skills, and never feel guilty about reaching out for help. Nobody is perfect, and you don’t need that pressure on yourself!
Speaking of asking for help…
Always lookout for ways to stay up-to-date on caregiving tips. Whether it be senior workouts or tips for memory care for patients with Alzheimer’s, there is so much to learn. As our population of older adults is set to live longer than the generation before them, millions of caregivers are constantly looking for ways to educate themselves – not to mention prepare themselves for their golden years! Whether it be articles you can find online, books, or resources offered by your agency, you can provide the best possible care!
Remember those older individuals, no matter what mental or physical state they are in, can teach you important life lessons. Make sure you listen to their stories, their insight, their advice…don’t undermine their genuine wisdom. Your client’s opinions are incredibly valuable – so listen up!
Be warm and inviting
Don’t forget that actions can speak louder than words. Often times, we get so wound up with our day-to-day responsibilities that we forget to slow down and given our client or loved one a hug, hold their hand or pat them on the back. A simple touch can reassure a person, and make them feel loved and important. Don’t ever forget that!
Don’t pass judgement
Your client lived a long, happy life. But just because they’re in their golden years and in need of a caregiver’s assistance doesn’t mean they’re interested in losing their independence! Losing control over your life is one of the key sources of anxiety in older adults. Make sure you remember this if they ever get frustrated with you, and have patience! Be empathetic to their situation- you’ll be in their shoes one day, too!
It takes two
Although your team of care coordinators at your agency are always there to support you, don’t forget that you and your client are a team as well! Keep this in mind whenever you approach a difficult situation and don’t internalize issues or concerns. Do your best to find a happy medium, especially when dealing with uncomfortable situations. Remember that you’re here to help, but you’re not their authority – you are a team!