What if you were hired for a job that included what seemed like a clear set of duties only to discover that your actual responsibilities could vary greatly from one day to the next? This is the discovery that most caregivers soon make. Whether you’re a professional caregiver in Phoenix or assuming the role of caregiver as an act of love for a beloved family member, there are probably a few things you wish you’d known about being a caregiver.
1. You’re Going to Need Some Help
Many caregivers assume that it’s a one-person job. While this is sometimes the case, you’ll most likely require some help from a Phoenix home care provider to meet the care needs of your loved one without getting burnt out in the process, especially if they have a progressive condition like Alzheimer’s.
2. Embarrassing Moments Shouldn’t Be Taken Too Seriously
Depending on what condition your loved one has, he or she may have inappropriate outbursts, laugh or become afraid for no apparent reason when in public, or become argumentative during a family dinner. While such moments are unexpected, they shouldn’t be cause for alarm or cause real embarrassment. Odds are, most people witnessing such behaviors will be understanding about it –and if they’re not, does it really matter?
3. Your Loved One Wants to Be Treated Like an Adult
Well-meaning family members often assume that caring for an elderly loved one is like caring for another child. What they often fail to realize is that your loved one probably doesn’t want to be treated like a child. While he or she may have trouble hearing or have occasional memory lapses and bouts of confusion, your loved one still commands respect and deserves to be treated with dignity.
4. You May Unintentionally Sacrifice Your Loved One’s Quality of Life
If your loved one develops serious medical issues, you may lapse into the habit of doing everything possible to extend his or her life, unintentionally sacrificing quality of life in the process. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make every effort to keep your loved one as healthy and comfortable as possible. What it does mean is that you should have a discussion with your loved one about his or her end-of-life preferences with regards to medical and long-term care.
5. You’re Likely to Form a Closer Bond with Your Loved One
While you can expect some ups and downs during with your time spent as a caregiver, there are some unexpected rewards as well. Since you’ll be spending more time with your loved one, you’ll likely form a closer bond with that person, possibly developing new insights into your loved one’s life, and maybe even learning a few things you never knew.
If you’re providing care for a senior loved one, you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you need some time for yourself each week or your loved one requires more can than you can give, Home Care Assistance can help. We specialize in 24-hour live-in care, but also offer flexible hourly care plans. We conduct extensive background checks and put every caregiver through comprehensive training to ensure our clients receive the best care possible. To learn more, call 602.388.1085 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with an experienced Care Manager.