How Caregiving Impacts Your LifeMarch 10, 2020
Not everyone begins caregiving by knowing the impact it will have on their lives. But time and time again experienced caregivers rave about the ways that caregiving has positively impacted their lives.
Caregiving impacts your life in ways that you won’t be able to understand until you have experienced it. Whether you are planning on caring for a loved one or someone else, the experience will provide you with insight and knowledge that you didn’t anticipate.
Caregiving isn’t just about all the formal tasks of helping people, it’s about connecting with and understanding people. Duties like meal preparation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, and medication reminders make up some of the day to day tasks. But it’s the companionship and quality of life that you bring into the life of another person that may impact you the most.
The Benefits of Companion Care for Caregivers
As you learn and grow in your journey of caring for different individuals, you encounter new scenarios and situations that aid your everyday life. This includes many different aspects:
You Learn New Skills
When you become a caregiver, there is no single care plan that will fit for every individual you care for. Because of that you will “gain experience being inexperienced”. That’s to say that you will often take on unfamiliar tasks and scenarios so that you can provide the best care possible. And eventually these new skills will become a part of your repertoire. Ultimately, the ability to learn and apply new skills will positively impact other areas of your life.
You Understand the Importance of Mental Health
You may go through training that helps you understand the different ways in which you can aid your care recipients in their mental and emotional health. And through learning how to help those that you personally care for, you learn the importance of it yourself.
You Learn How to Ask for Help
Being a caregiver is never an easy job. Being a full-time caregiver, spouse, parent, friend, etc. is even harder. The reality is that all caregivers have more than just the role of being a caregiver. And because the role of caregiving is so hands on, and often emotionally difficult, it can leave you feeling drained. But thankfully there are always options for help, and you have to ask for it when you need it, as all caregivers learn to do. Whether it’s through respite care for your caregiving duties or asking for help from family and friends for the other tasks and responsibilities in your life, you learn that you don’t have to juggle everything alone. You know that you can ask for help. And its through the role of caregiving that you learn how to do it and how necessary it is.
The Benefits of Being a Caregiver for a Family Member
The impacts and benefits of being a caregiver for a family member can be different than those of caring for other individuals. They include:
Appreciating the Life of Your Loved One
The ability to care for a loved one provides insight into the inner workings of their day. Being a family caregiver for your loved one allows you to appreciate the day to day interactions you have. Because you get to take on the happy days and the hard days you will gain a new perspective on your loved one. Beyond learning the inner workings of their day you will learn the inner workings of their mind. This will help you come to appreciate their life that you help nurture daily.
Knowing the Small Details
The other added impact and benefit comes from knowing all the details in your loved one’s day. The daily social interaction you have will often give you stories, quirky details, and loving memories about your loved one. These are often the details we miss when our aging loved ones are in assisted living facilities.
Homecare Powered by AUAF and Caregiving
We at Homecare Powered by AUAF are dedicated to providing the best service to our recipients of care. We do that by first attracting the people that we see best fit to be caregivers. Caregiving is no easy job, but it is a rewarding and impactful one. The impact that caregiving has, whether for a loved one or another individual is profound.
Whether you know it as companionship care, in-home care, or just caregiving, this service that you provide to assist in daily tasks at home will make an impact on you and those you care for in positive ways.
If you have any questions for us, give us a call at 773.274.9262.
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