Thank You, Caregivers
I am feeling very grateful today to all the caregivers out there. Whether you work in a home or in a facility, thank you. You have a difficult job, one that is usually underpaid for your responsibilities.
Since my mother lives in a care facility for Alzheimer’s, I am especially grateful to the staff there.
It takes a special heart to care for seniors. That need may be doubled when they the seniors have Alzheimer’s disease. Both can be challenging. Both require patience and understanding.
It can be hard enough working with seniors, but with Alzheimer’s, most of the residents can’t tell you what is wrong, why they hurt, why they are upset. You want to help them, but first have to figure out the need.
The Question Just Asked
Perhaps the hardest thing is the repetition because they don’t remember. A caregiver may have just answered their question, but the resident forgets and asks again because they don’t remember. It doesn’t help to tell them they just asked the same question. I would think that might be one of the hardest things to deal with day in and day out.
For your patience, I am thankful. Recognizing the frustrating for a caregiver, I sympathize. I can’t help think how frustrating it must be for the resident as well. You treat them with kindness and respect instead of anger or upset.