Why become a family caregiver?
Well, the reasons people give for becoming a family caregiver are varied. They all boil down to the one word…
Loving someone enough to care, and to see that they get the care they need. Whether you’re a hands on or long distance caregiver, that’s the underlying truth to why you accepted the responsibilities and commitments of caregiving.
When you’re a family caregiver, you know just what Mother Teresa was saying.
The call for caregiving often comes unexpectedly as Lisa found out…
At the age of 79 Helen had a heart attack.
Her daughter Lisa got the call in the middle of the night. Her mother was in the emergency room, about to be admitted to the Coronary Care Unit.
Her mother would be unable to go home alone from the hospital.
In a heartbeat… Lisa became a caregiver.
Even if you thought you were prepared for caregiving, likely your responsibilities have changed with time.
That’s normal, because the needs of your care recipient likely also change over time. Chronic diseases progress and everyone ages.
And too often caregivers efforts are not appreciated. The one you’re giving care to may not be able to express thanks. Even sometimes caregivers’ family don’t acknowledge or express gratitude or even support.
Have you ever put so much time and energy into giving care, and it seems no one notices?
Maybe you don’t even get a simple thank you?
That’s the normal human desire for acknowledgement.
And it’s even bigger than craving recognition for what you’ve done.
Because you and every human alive TRULY want to be validated not just for what you do in life, but for WHO YOU ARE.
You want to feel supported, loved and nurtured for who you are.
You’re normal to feel this way.
With all that you do caring for your loved ones, for your work, for your community…
The most important thing of all is what you do for yourself.
And that can be the hardest of all. Finding the time to figure out what to do let alone actually doing it can seem like an impossible situation in caregiving.
Because of the demands of caregiving, including not knowing whether you’ll have 5 minutes to yourself or an hour.
A HEART PLAN® is a tool you can use in many ways in caregiving. One way is being a quick reminder of how to relieve stress. Get your copy of A HEART PLAN® when you sign up for our monthly newsletter. The newsletter has tips for your caregiving, and takes you through A HEART PLAN® throughout the year. You’ll also get updates for Caregiving With Purpose in the newsletter.
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