Feb 19, 2018 by Clark Bongaardt
6 Things They Don't Tell You About Being an In-Home Caregiver
You've decided that you want to become a senior caregiver. It's a rewarding career that will bring a steady stream of people into your life, allowing you to develop relationships, be helpful, and make a genuine impact on someone's life. Before you start your career, however, you should know these six things they don't tell you about being a caregiver.
1. Being a caregiver is often as emotionally demanding as it is physically
You know that there may be some very physical tasks involved in your daily responsibilities as a caregiver. What you may not realize, however, is that there are also emotional demands. As a caregiver, you'll become deeply connected to many of your clients.
You may find yourself distraught when they are ill or you feel that their loved ones aren't stopping by often enough. You may be hurt when they have a bad day and are angry. It's important to learn how to balance those emotional demands when you take on the position.
2. You won't know how long you're able to stay with a specific placement
Sometimes, you'll get to stay with a specific client long term. You've been hired to provide companionship that will simply continue as their health deteriorates.
In other cases, however, placements may be intended as short-term solutions. You may struggle with placements that are either too long or too short.
3. You'll need to be able to step outside your comfort zone
As a caregiver, you'll often be asked to do things that you didn't expect. You'll be a close companion to your client, spending plenty of time with them and assisting them with a wide range of tasks. While you don't want to go outside your contract, you also need to be able to offer help to your loved ones in ways that you might not anticipate.
4. You may be a better option for your clients than living with family members
When you're sitting with a client, you may find yourself wondering why their family members aren't taking better care of them. Couldn't someone move in? Why don't they visit more often?
In many cases, hiring you is the step that these individuals have taken to provide for their loved ones--and you're often better suited to give it! While it may be frustrating, it's also very rewarding to know that you're able to help provide care when your client is unable to receive it in other ways.
5. You'll need to be able to stand up for your client
As a caregiver, you'll spend more time with your client than many of their loved ones. You'll be there during hours when their loved ones can't be. As a result, you'll observe changes in health and behavior long before their loved ones are able to see it.
That makes it incredibly important that you stand up for your client when necessary. This may mean sharing needed health interventions or letting loved ones in denial know that your client's health is worsening. In some cases, it may also mean letting them know that you're no longer able to provide the standard of care they need.
6. It's the most rewarding job you'll ever have
By becoming a senior caregiver, you provide the help that will allow many seniors to maintain a higher quality of life longer. You'll be able to engage with them, love them, and offer the help that will make their lives better. It's an incredibly rewarding job--and you won't realize the full benefits of that until you're actually in the position, providing that care.
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Becoming a senior caregiver isn't right for everyone, but it does offer a number of incredible advantages. If it's the right career for you, contact us today to learn more about how to become a caregiver.