Caring for your elderly family member is not an easy task to do. That is why we should always treasure the efforts and care that our family caregivers are showing and offering to us all the time. They earn their job title because of their love and support to the elderly people.
There are several ways caregivers are generally doing their job carefully:
First Time to Assist
As what I have discovered, caregiving can begin with an elderly neighbour who needed your assistance just in case. This kind of assistance can turn to a stint of elder care and then to the extent to your own family members. It could be the beginning of another journey of your life as a caregiver for elderly people. The knowledge that have helped you understand the elders even more would also help you take better care of yourself more than you could ever do. In my caregiving years, I started at a time when my family caregiving was not big news yet. You just have to do what you can do and there wasn’t great deal of support to handle than the things you can do, either official or casual.
In Times of Crisis
I have reached the time when my family is in the verge of handling the heavy problems that we have encountered which is in fact involving family caregiving. My father had been confined with instant dementia and the event turned emotional and it was devastating to witness and to know as a family. But to me, it didn’t change my caregiving career and situation at that moment at all. My father’s terrible outcome from the surgery just immersed me deeper into my role of giving instant care to him and to the rest of my family. Many people nowadays are just living their lives, working their jobs, raising their children and visiting hospitalised relative from time to time when uncertain things would happen. Caregivers experiencing these crisis events hit the graduate level of caregiving before they even have a chance to do undergraduate study. You should always prepare yourself to the things that will happen in the future particularly with the career you have chosen as a caregiver, for others and to your family as well. No matter how you entered into your caregiving role, you will have to make changes in your life.
Family Caregiving and the Government
Today, there are various government sectors, private and other professionals who recognised family caregiving. It has ramped up efforts to help family caregivers to do their job well. For me, I find this very significant because of my current situation with my family’s needs. I really do believe that there is help out there if you do what you’ve got to do. You just have to begin to plan if you are not going to undermine your own health while you are busy taking care for others.
Set Up Boundaries Before It Is Too Late
It is part of being a family caregiver to set boundaries. It has never come naturally to me at first when it comes to the people I love but I come to realize that it is necessary to have boundaries because you are dealing with emotion and physical health in both ways. Healthy emotional boundaries are important in helping the caregiver distinguish between his or her own needs and the needs of the person being cared for. Aside from that, boundaries can help you remind that you as a person and your loved one is in good relationship and there need to be expectations of mutual respect and autonomy for the relationship to be successful. Set boundaries and make them clear.
For my overall conclusion about family caregiving, you should need to look inward to yourself as much as outward to your loved one in order for you to be successful in the career or path you have chosen for yourself and for your future.