What Does it Take to Be a Caregiver?

by Lois Etienne on July 11, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Finances,Grandmothers,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

It’s interesting because I work with over 150 caregivers every day and I’m still not sure how to answer that question. I guess my first thought is that it takes grace, heart and grace. Caregiving, whether paid or unpaid, can be emotionally and physically trying but it can also be the very best thing you’ve ever done in your life.

Caregiving for a loved one arises out of feelings and needs surrounding duty, financial need, love and expectations. But being a paid caregiver is a calling, a ministry of sorts. If someone tries out this field and they are not cut out for it, they will not last long. But I’ve got some folks who have worked for us for over 15 years and they tell me they are happier now than they ever were at any other job they ever held!

Of course, a caregiver helps with things like making meals, bathing assistance, medication reminders and keeping the house clean. But I would say that communication between caregiver and client is probably the most important element. And the true goal of a real caregiver is not taking over someone’s life but enhancing it to allow folks to keep as much independence as possible.

Our Home Instead Senior Care offices hire only about three out of every hundred applicants. We know it takes that certain someone and we won’t settle for less.

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