Ask any family care giver and they will tell you that it is the toughest job they ever had. Talk to any care giver and you may find them to be tired, stressed out, and not asking for help. The life of a care giver is often lonely and hard. They do the job because they love their ill or elderly family member.
What is it that makes the job of family care giver so hard?
• It is a 24/7 job that can go on for years.
• Often care givers don’t think of or take care of themselves because they are so caught up in their loved one’s well being.
• Care givers sometimes have trouble asking for help from their friends and family. They don’t want to burden others.
• Not only are they responsible for the physical care of their loved one, but they also have to help them deal with the emotional aspect of their illness.
• They have to become “experts” in the health care aspects of the illness involved.
• They learn to navigate the “system” to get the benefits and care that is needed.
• Care givers have to deal with their own emotions about someone they love being sick or unable to take care of themselves.
These are just some of the aspects that make care giving a difficult job. If you’re a care giver I am sure you can add items to this list. There are similarities for all care givers, but each person’s experience is unique and that makes it challenging.
If you are not a care giver, but know someone who is you can find some hints on what you can do in this previous post. Don’t be afraid to reach out; most people will welcome your kindness.
(this post is also being posted on my Colorado Springs Fresh Ink blog today)