Continuing on our monthly series about what it takes to be a caregiver, here is our finale. While we’ve highlighted some of the most important things to consider before becoming a caregiver, there are a number of others you should research before making this great decision. There’s no question that making a commitment of this magnitude will have an impact on your life — it’s important that you and your loved ones feel comfortable with your future.
If after your research you’ve determined becoming a caregiver isn’t the right path for you, not to worry. Sunny Days In-Home Care is always here to help.
Your Responsibilities – be prepared for the good and the bad:
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a caregiver is to underestimate the responsibility it takes to care for a loved one. A lack of preparedness can drastically alter the way you react to the number of changes and emotions you may experience during your time as a caregiver.
Unfortunately, what may start as a mild ailment for your loved one may develop into something more serious and demand more attention, time and treatment. This means that your responsibilities as a caregiver may change as well. You won’t be able to predict what the future holds and adjusting to change is not always easy. Knowing that it’s okay to ask for help is always a good place to start.
According to a 2015 AARP survey, about 38 percent of caregivers said they we’re emotionally stressed. Especially when taking care of a family member, caregivers may feel forced into the position and can feel a variety of emotions. Of course, you might feel guilty for feeling this way, and that’s okay, but you have to remember to forgive yourself and stay positive. On the bright side, the responsibility of being a caregiver can bring an appreciable amount of satisfaction as well. Many caregivers actually believe that taking on the responsibility of caring for a patient or loved one gives meaning to their lives.
Here at Sunny Days, we understand the brave commitment you’ve made to care for your loved one. Through all the hard times you may face, there’s also a light in knowing that you get to spend your days with someone you care deeply for, making them feel safe and comfortable. If you’ve decided that being a family caregiver isn’t the right path for you, rest assured knowing that every Sunny Days caregiver will treat your loved one with that same level of comfort and safety. Give us a call today to find out more.