When was the last time you woke up in the morning and thought, “Hooray! I get to spend today being a family caregiver!” If you haven’t felt that way in a while, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Lots of caregivers frequently have a hard time finding the good in what they do. That’s because caregiving can be physically and emotionally difficult. It can also be stressful. However, that certainly doesn’t mean there’s nothing good about being a caregiver. In fact, having the chance to take care of an older adult you care about can be great. Need a reminder of why? Below are 5 reasons it’s great to be a caregiver.
1: No One Can Provide Better Care Than You Do
Your emotional connection with the older adult makes you the perfect person to care for them. Because of your relationship, you know what they like and what they don’t. You also want the very best for them, so you’ll work harder to ensure they get the medical care they need and have what they need at home.
2: You’re Setting an Incredible Example
Do you have children, nieces or nephews, or other younger people who look up to you? If so, think about what a wonderful example you’re setting for them in doing the right thing. By watching you as a caregiver, the younger generation sees an example of how older adults should be treated. And, it increases the chances they will offer care to a senior when they are adults.
3: You Have a Chance to Make New Memories
Being a caregiver to an older relative means spending extra time with them that others don’t. During that time, you have the opportunity to deepen your relationship with the senior. The intimacy of providing care to an older adult often creates a stronger bond between caregiver and the person receiving care. You also have time to create new memories that you can cherish when the older adult is gone. Some caregivers and older adults even find ways to laugh together over the challenges of getting older and providing care.
4: You Can Develop Problem-Solving Skills
Caregivers encounter situations that are new to them all the time. They may experience challenges that require some creativity to overcome. When you figure out ways to get around difficulties, you’re developing stronger problem-solving skills.
5: You Can Be a Mentor to Other Caregivers
Although you might sometimes feel like the only person in the world going through what you are, you’re far from alone. People have been caring for their older relatives back through the ages and they’ll continue to do so in the future. That means that you’ll encounter other people who are new to caregiving. Your experience can give you the chance to mentor a new caregiver or offer advice on how to overcome certain challenges.