Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day challenges that come with caregiving that we forget that we really do make a huge difference in the life of the person we care for.
So why are you so great?
- You have empathy and compassion. You let your loved one know that you care about them and that you will do whatever you can to help them.
- You have patience. Patience when your loved one asks you the same question over and over again or takes what seems like forever to complete a task. Patience to bite your tongue when you feel like screaming and patience to not supply the right word immediately, but to allow your loved one a few seconds to find it himself.
- You are flexible. You manage to somehow rearrange your schedule or manage your work and family obligations, all so you can meet the needs of your loved one.
- You are resilient. You don’t give up easily. You advocate for answers, search for solutions and dig for the information you need to be the voice of your loved one.
- You have a sense of humor. Despite being exhausted or wanting to quit, you somehow summon some humor and laugh out loud because you know if you didn’t, you’d cry.
- You take care of yourself. Whether it’s insisting on a few hours of respite relief each week, keeping your own scheduled doctor appointments, or sitting alone quietly for a few minutes each day, you know that your health is important.
- You’re a great caregiver because you keep going back. You don’t give up, even when it seems like you can’t go on.
- You’re a great caregiver because although you may not hear the words “I love you” anymore from your mom, or dad, or husband or wife, you are loved and appreciated far beyond what words can even begin to say.
We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Monday Mojo! Remember that the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center is here whenever you are ready to relax, renew and reach out. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ or call us anytime at 855-476-7600. Have a great week!