Top 2 Caregiving Myths Debunked
“We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences.”
— Miya Yamanouchi
CAREGIVING – is a simple word where various emotions exist – you can experience happiness, contentment, and exhaustion all at the same time. However, in this generation where innovation and technologies are dominating our lives, only a few people understand how crucial and meaningful it is when you care for a senior loved one. There’s no wonder why sometimes, people are hesitant when you talk about caregiving or the healthcare industry.
Year after year, many seniors are enrolled in a healthcare facility or availed a home care service. That means the role of a caregiver is important to help every aging person achieve the quality of life they deserve. As what Miya said, “We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need…”
Let’s make a difference by debunking caregiving myths that make people skeptical in stepping into the industry.
Myth #1: Caregiving is boring. It only consists of routine tasks.
It is true that caregivers need to make sure seniors are given the right treatment or medication on a regular basis to ensure consistency of their progress. However, you can do so much more than delivering care services. You can be a companion, a friend, a playmate, a listener, a counselor, or even a family. It is up to you on how you make it more fun and meaningful for you and for your senior patient.
Myth #2: If I’m a caregiver, I shouldn’t talk about my feelings.
We all are humans. Just because you’re a caregiver and you fully understand that seniors also need emotional support from you, it doesn’t mean you cannot express how frustrated or exhausted you really are. That is why there are Respite Care services where you, as a primary caregiver, can take a break and have your strength back. It is also important to take care of yourself to effectively deliver caregiving services to your patient.
Don’t allow these myths to stop you from helping every senior parent. They need you to help them achieve the optimum health and comfort in life. Be there for them!