How to become a respected, confident and happier caregiver
If you are a primary caregiver chances are you love taking care of people. You love/like frail elders or adults with special needs. You love knowing that your work produces immediate tangible and worthwhile results by making a difference to someone.
So, if you love what you do then why is it that you feel stressed and anxious about your life as a caregiver?
Caregiving is both a job and a long term relationship You feel stressed about it because you have not been prepared and fully informed about it in either respect… and it keeps on changing…and you cannot get ahead of those changes because you have not learned about the process, evolution and physical, mental and emotional demands of elder care.
You were not ready for it.
You are, in a word, … unprepared.
But you can fix this more easily than you might think.
How to get a total overview of what is coming
So how do you fix the fix your in? First you have to understand that primary care for an elderly person is a job whether you receive actual pay or not. Caregiving takes lots of time, has duties and responsibilities, that if shirked, can result in loss of respect and even loss of freedom (real jail). Primary caregivers have duties that require skill and intelligence. Having a good heart is not enough for this job.
Caregiving is also a long term relationship. Like all long term relationships it changes over time. There are high points and low points. You often do not see the changes, for good or bad, coming. Taking primary care of a loved one, whether a relative or friend, can a lot like riding a roller coaster. Sometimes it will make you feel exhilarated, other times it can make you sick.
Here’s the secret to making caregiving better for you no matter what the future holds…
As the wise Scouts say, ‘always be prepared’.
Take a few hours to find out about all the twists and turns coming your way over the long haul. Most people underestimate how long they will be providing primary care and how much the demands will change as their loved one becomes older, sicker and more frail. This is a reality that is certain to happen. You can be ready for it.
Benefits of Being Prepared
Let’s consider the benefits of being prepared as soon as possible for primary caregiving duties. The more you know and can do, the more useful you seem to your family and loved one in your care. The more useful you seem the more confidence they will have in you. The more confidence they have in you the more respect you are likely to receive. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Why is this so important?
Caregivers often suffer from the demands of their job because they are not prepared. Statistics have shown that a significant percentage (30%) of caregivers die before the loved one they cared for does. Caregiver ignorance can cause premature death of the caregiver or the cared for person. You CAN avoid the avoidable traps of ill health, excessive stress, and premature death. This is why it is so important to take proactive measures for your own protection. This is why it is important to get a comprehensive education for the job of primary care.
How to get prepared
- Get informed: Forewarned is forearmed. Get a comprehensive – from day 1 to surviving the grief of loss – overview of the caregiving experience immediately. It is not too late. Knowledge is power and you will need all the power you can get to not only survive caregiving but actually be empowered by the experience.
- Get caregiver credentials: Being sweet to oldsters is not enough for serious care giving duties. One of the biggest gripes clients have about caregivers is that they do not have comprehensive practical education for their jobs. Get yourself real credentials that demonstrate to anyone that you are a seriously professional care provider that they would be darn lucky to have working for them.
How to get #1 and #2 above out of the way quick fast and easy
Go to CertifiedCare.org. These programs are comprehensive, accredited, written for independent study and affordable.
CertifiedCare.org programs cover every aspect of caregiving for all types of adults and elderly people including those with Alzheimer’s Disease, other dementia, or other special needs.
CertifiedCare programs were written by a 30 year experienced caregiver specifically for caregivers. You will learn holistic, person centered care for YOURSELF as well as how to improve the care for the person to whom you are responsible.
How can you afford to make this happen?
Can you really afford not to?
There are many simple ways to get the money you need to get the information you need:
- Ask you current employer to help pay for your education. It will help you help them save money in the long run by having a healthier and happier employee.
- Take advantage of the $0 (zero) interest, no credit check, payment plan offered to everyone by CertifiedCare.
- Ask your family to chip in and pay for your training. After all, you are doing them a big favor by taking on the brunt of primary care so they do not have to do it.
- Ask for the CertifiedCare program as a gift from loved ones.
- Save up and make the investment in yourself. (No one can take your education from you!)
How to become a respected, confident and happier caregiver
You might find that you grow to like caregiving so much that you want to become a Senior Care Auditor and make money with you education, skills and experience. There is only one place to get comprehensive and accredited Senior Care Auditing certification and that place is also CertifiedCare.org.
CertifiedCare.org programs are available online – not in person in classrooms (that keeps them convenient for 24/7 access and the costs way down. You can study when and where you want!).
Find out more about CertifiedCare (and their #1 ranked eLearning programs accessible online thru your phone or computer/tablet) go to CertifiedCare.org.
By Cathleen Carr JD PhD