ReadersMagnet Review list ten reasons why we should show our appreciation and gratitude to caregivers.

Caregiving is not an easy task. It demands physical strength, mental focus, and emotional toughness. It also requires a particular set of skills, passion, and dedication. Many of our caregivers work round the clock. Most of them have to endure patients who are difficult to handle. They also cover various tasks and monitoring duties. Caregivers are a nurse, counsel, psychologist, bodyguard, errand boys/girls, and best friend rolled into one. They are superheroes who ensure the safety and well-being of patients and elderly loved ones. Today, we will run a list of reasons caregivers deserve your gratitude and appreciation.

Caregivers have skills.

To be a certified and effective caregiver, you have specific skills, and you have to train for weeks, months, and even months. These skills may spell the difference between life and death for patients. These skills ensure the safety and health of your loved ones. That alone deserves our appreciation.

Caregivers are resilient.

Caregivers are some of the physically, mentally, and emotionally tough individuals you will ever see. They can work for hours, seven days a week, and perform tasks that many of us cannot do daily. They also handle difficult patients and sometimes even take harsh words.

They provide company.

Many elderly and sick are left in hospices and homes by their relatives. Caregivers provide company and ensure that all their needs are provided. In some cases, patients are seldom visited by family and friends, and it is the caregivers who are there, providing comfort and an emotional blanket.

They do the dirty work.

From changing sheets and linen to helping a patient empty his or her bowels or bladder, caregivers are always there. They ensure that everything is sanitized and the patients are well-groomed. Of course, these tasks fall to family members and relatives; professional caregivers have always done a more effective job.

Caregivers do find ways.

Caregivers are good at finding ways and solutions to everyday problems, especially ensuring that patients can do their ADL (activities of daily living). They are also good at convincing patients to follow protocols, especially food and medicine intake. They have “magic tricks” in handling situations. 

Caregivers are managers.

Not only are caregivers good at finding solutions, but they are also effective managers. They juggle tasks, activities and manage emotions and stress. From monitoring vitals, including heartbeat, blood pressure to ensuring that medicines, food intake schedules, and other activities are followed, caregivers play an essential role in managing a patient’s day-to-day function.

They are great listeners.

Caregivers are effective communicators. It’s not always easy to interact with old patients. Many of them have their own world and insists on things they want. Most of them also think they don’t need help. Caregivers not only manage to talk to them. More importantly, they manage to listen to these patients, a skill that is rare these days.

Caregivers are patient.

Perhaps this is one of the quintessential traits of every caregiver. Patience is rare, especially if you are handling the sick and the elderly. It requires consideration, understanding, and in many instances, tolerance. Only the most patient caregivers can perform an efficient job providing care and comfort.

Caregivers are enablers.

Elderly and sick people are often sad and depressed. One of the reasons is their limited capacity to do the things they used to do. While doctors are tasked to prolong a patient’s life, caregivers go out of their way to ensure the quality of life. They try to find ways to enable patients to enjoy the remaining years of their lives.

Caregivers are family.

Caregivers are not just professional assistants. There is no price for the love, compassion, and security they provide for our elderly and sick loved ones. They take our place so we could go to work, earn a living, and even do other stuff while being guaranteed that our loved ones are safe and taken care of. Without caregivers, our lives would be complicated. These trained individuals who care and keep the company of our loved ones are essentially family.

To learn more about caregivers, check out Eleanor Gaccetta’s One Caregivers Journey and visit her website today.