Finding joy in caregiving is important to be able to maintain a good healthy perspective. As we care for clients or loved ones, there can be many joys along with the challenges .
We want to share with you some of the many things we have learned about home caregiving. Caring for your elderly or disabled loved ones can become increasingly more difficult each new day. As you learn how to overcome the challenge of the previous day, you find new ones to take it’s place.
That is particularly true when you are giving care to someone whose condition is deteriorating. That means that finding the joy is that much more important for both you and them.
Most caregivers want to provide a better life for their patients and loved ones, but it can be a lonely life. Depending on the condition of the patient, it can also be a thankless job. Fortunately, our elderly friend and client, for whom we care for, appreciate our efforts and devotion to them. It is a true joy for us to be able to provide such care.
Who We Are
As you know, Glenda (my partner) and I (Jay) are both home caregivers and have many years of experience doing it. Glenda (a CNA) does outside home care for an elderly friend of hers. I (Jay) provide home care to an elderly stroke-stricken friend of mine.
Despite all the difficulties of our caregiving responsibilities, it is a wonderful inspiration of real joy for us. It is a joy to see that lovely appreciative smile on our friends’ faces. Those smiles clearly signal the heartfelt gratitude of our friends. Those smiles also tell us that our presence to care for them is the only real reason for such innocent happy smiles on their faces.
Finding Joy From Laughter
We also work to create moments of laughter when our patients are particularly troubled. We can not tell you how many times the whole mood of the room was changed by a little laughter. If you find yourself getting too serious to be able to continue to cope, try a moment of levity. This usually works best if you are willing to laugh at yourself.
Glenda likes to find a moment to interject a funny cat story into the atmosphere. She will be a little overly dramatic describing the situation and her client will always laugh. This creates moments of joy for both of them and gets her client’s mind off her troubles.
Stroke victim’s often have problems with memory and getting the right words out. This is also the case with Jay’s friend Frank. When Frank called Jay by the name of a dog he once had, Jay responded with a deep bark like that of the dog. Frank turned his head and looked at Jay like he was crazy. “What are you doing?” Frank asked. “Well, you called me Jeremiah so I was just trying to answer you,” Jay responded. It took a few minutes then Frank began to laugh as he realized what he had done.
If Jay would have just corrected him by reminding him of his correct name then Frank could have actually felt worse about his condition. Instead, Jay caused him to think deeply enough so that he could really “get it” on his own. As a result, they both were able to have a good laugh.
The Resources You Find Here
We hope that our caregiving articles for the elderly and disabled will encourage and be a resource for others… Specially for those of you who may unexpectedly find yourselves caring for a friend or loved one. We pray that you will find and treasure those smiles of gratitude that make caregiving such a wonderful joy.
In addition to articles that we hope are an inspiration to you, we also are including some product reviews. These are on helpful products that we both have discovered in our daily caregiving activities. We may also include experiences of some of our trusted home caregiver friends as well.
The very act of giving home care puts us in a unique position. A position to use many such products ourselves and know which ones are worthy of sharing with you.
The Caregiving Corner
As you read the content in our Caregiving Corner at Conquer Each New Day, you should realize that you are not all alone in your caregiving. There are times when it may seem like that to you but there are many of us caregivers out there.
All you have to do is reach out to connect. Perhaps visit with someone else in a similar circumstance. Do it, if you have someone who can come over and look after your loved one for a while. If not, then you can still connect by way of the internet.
Our site here at Conquer Each New Day contains many heartfelt articles about real life inspiring experiences. We truly want to inspire you to conquer your challenges and begin fresh each and every new day. There is true joy in caregiving when it is done from the heart.
We really love hearing from you. Your comments and sharing of your own experiences are always appreciated.