“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
― Alan Watts
Do you ever wake up thinking of the life you’ve led and the things you’ve done, and ask yourself, “What is my purpose?”
Why do you want to be a caregiver?
According to Griswold Home Care:
“Everyone has different reasons for being a caregiver. For some, it becomes a responsibility suddenly when they need to care for a family member. For others, it gives purpose by providing a way to help others. Regardless of the reasons, it is rewarding and necessary work.”
According to the National Opinion Research Centre, 8 in 10 people reported their time caregiving as a positive experience. From gaining a greater sense of purpose to new life skills, it’s clear that the benefits of caregiving don’t just apply to the recipient, but also those who provide the care. Perceiving caregiving as a positive experience is essential in alleviating burden in persons providing care to older adults. Further research toward caregiving could also help shed light on the protective factors of sociocultural norms. The findings of the current study underscore the importance of an optimistic outlook that can help manage the responsibilities of caregiving and offers a sense of significance and value to the caregivers. It is undeniable that efforts in reducing burden require further examination as it is critical to the psychological well-being of caregivers.
Benefits of Being a Caregiver:
Choose Your Owner Hours – Many caregivers enjoy making their own hours and designating a schedule that works best for them. Some home care workers prefer part-time, some full-time.
Diversity of Client Experience – Homecare caregivers experience a wide variety of clients with complex needs. There is no “one size fits all” situation. Caregivers have the ability to adapt to different lifestyles, backgrounds, races, and disabilities. Diversity of tasks keeps caregivers stimulated and can make the job more fulfilling.
Caregiving is a Helping Profession – Providing caregiving to a senior in their home brings enormous benefits to the caregiver and the family member. Often, the presence of a caregiver can allow someone to remain in their own home avoiding assisted living or nursing home care. Fostering independence and improving someone’s quality of life is the goal of caregiving.
Taking Care of Others – Dealing with the difficult scenarios caregiving presents can be stressful, but working through the tough times can be very rewarding. No one ever thinks of helping others and bringing joy to their lives as a waste of time.
Learn New Skills and Build a Career – Caring for others helps to develop empathy and the ability to connect with people, even in difficult times. Caregivers gain a variety of skills from their experiences and through training opportunities. It also teaches important virtues such as patience, understanding and loyalty that benefit individuals in both their personal and professional lives.
Caregiver Direct Mission
Support our communities by serving the needs of seniors and caregivers. We strive to support our communities by enriching the lives of seniors with the right caregivers to allow them to safely age at home, surrounding by friends and family.
If you think you are interested in being a caregiver contact us for help taking that next step.