Should I Undertake Being a Family Caregiver?
I’ve heard the statistic that there are 10,000 people a day turning 65 years old. That means that the baby boomer generation is in their elder years, and many are going to need to receive help as they age. One option, and in my opinion, a good option, is to have help from a family caregiver.
There are lots of options. In truth, the abilities and needs of the person needing help will dictate the best choice. In some situations, the only choice is professional care. A nursing home may be needed, or perhaps an assisted living center could work.
But my purpose in this article is to point out the benefits of a family caregiver. If you’re considering this option and just looking for information, you’re in the right place.
I have been a caregiver along with my family for elderly parents who needed help. We had to move out of our home. We had to change our schedules. I had to miss work a time or two. But I look back now on those days, and none of that stuff really matters.
Today, I remember those days with a sense of gratitude. I am thankful I had the opportunity to give back to the person who loved and cared for me as a child. Our elder parents were facing the most trying time of their lives,.. a battle they could not win: the failing health of mind and body. The CDC has help for new family caregivers. You can visit their website and find “Stepping into caregiving.”
If you choose to be a family caregiver, just know that your loved one will have a better quality of life in familiar surroundings with people they know and love.
No one cares more than someone who loves them. There are many devices and equipment that can help keep your family member safe at home. Yon can view them here.
Being a caregiver has taught me:
- “It is in giving of ourselves that we receive” – In giving of my time and effort I have received the peace of mind and satisfaction that I did what I could. And that alone is enough.
- Involving the whole family, kids, aunts, uncles, cousins, not only helped accomplish the job at hand, it helped strengthen our family ties.
- “Honor your father and mother” is the first commandment with a promise, “that it may go well with you” To care for our elder parents is good and right. We cooperate with God’s plan when we honor our parents in this way.
- Important life lessons are taught to our children. Lessons like: self-sacrifice is beneficial; patience takes practice, and family is important. As a child, my parents taught me “actions speak louder than words”.
If you’ve gotten this far in this article then being a family caregiver must be on your mind. I can’t tell you what to do. I wish it was that easy. But what I am trying to do is to encourage you. Don’t be afraid. Caregiving is not all bad. Don’t let yourself get carried away looking only at the dark side. There are trying times, to be sure. After all, we are talking about eventual “end-of-life” situations.
But look at it this way. Try looking ahead to a point when your caregiving days are finished and over with. What choice will you then be most happy with? The fact that you did or did-not become a family caregiver?
A wise man once told me, “Imagine yourself lying in a bed you will never get up from and your days are numbered. Think of your life and what regrets you may have at that time. Those are the very things you should be working on now.”
We have several other interesting articles where you can read about caregiving.