As a caregiver, you may not believe it, but you truly are among a group of unsung heroes. The number of caregivers is about 34 million strong, and growing. November is National Caregivers Month. Caregivers Connection wants to honor you.
If you are caring for a loved one, you already are aware that you are part of the nation’s unpaid workforce. Often times you’ve given up on your own career to tend to the needs of another person. The new job you are doing may have come on suddenly, and certainly without any training. It’s a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year job, however, you are driven by your heart of compassion, and desire to support the person for whom you are caring.
Have you considered, though, what you mean to your loved one?
They count on you for their basic needs. You are more than likely the one person who knows everything that is going on with him/her. You know when they need to take a certain medication, and you know what those medications are. You know who their doctor is, and when they need to get there.
They count on you for their physical needs. You know when they ate last, and what they ate. You understand their sleep habits, and can tell when they may be having an off day. You can tell quickly when they are feeling fatigued and tired. You are aware of their personal hygiene schedule, and are always tending those needs.
They count on you for their emotional needs. It may not often seem like it, but your loved one does count on you and trusts you with their emotions. As you care for them on a very personal level, you see their emotions at their worst. You know what they like, and what they don’t like. You are aware of what it takes all through the day and night to keep them in better spirits.
As a caregiver you are:
You devote countless hours to your loved one, and you truly are an unsung hero. All of your work behind the scenes is important to them, and to their entire support system. Your dedication will not go unnoticed. At Caregivers Connection, we salute you.