Healthcare at home: What does it mean to be a caregiver?

14 July, 2020  ·  Less than a minute read

The idea of primary caregiving can seem daunting to some. It’s not something that many are qualified for, yet it often creeps up on us when we’re least expecting it.

Home caregiving is something that many of us fail to understand on a personal level until it becomes something we’re required to do. At Longdene Homecare, we understand the difficulties that can come with caregiving - especially when it’s new to you.

So, what exactly does it mean to be a caregiver?

Primary caregiving: What it means to you & your loved one

Caregiving can mean something different to each individual. For some, it may be a paid job, in which they’re looking to develop their skills in the industry. For others, it may have come without choice - for example, in the case where a loved one has become suddenly ill.

Whatever your circumstances, though, caregiving can create a close bond between you and the care recipient. It creates a sense of intimacy, trust and loyalty - and as the caregiver, you become your loved one’s safe place. In a home environment, too, you can be sure that your care combines with invaluable home comforts.

Why it’s important to give yourself a break

Whilst caring for your loved one can give you peace of mind, it’s important to give yourself a break. Caregiving takes its toll on our mental and physical health, and burnout can arrive on our doorstep without us even realising.

Each caregiver’s life is different, and that’s why a variety of care options are available. For the caregiver looking to embark on a short trip away, respite care can offer short-term relief. For the caregiver who struggles with juggling daily responsibilities, though, professional homecare services can be a better option to relieve long-term stress.

It’s important to remember that just because you’re presented with caring responsibilities, it doesn’t mean that you’re entitled to take them on. If it’s too much for you to juggle, homecare services are always there for you to consider; remember that you’re never on your own.

Top 4 benefits of enlisting the help of a professional at-home caregiver

Since you know your loved one better than anyone else, becoming their caregiver can bring you closer together. And although it can be difficult to juggle caring duties with your other life responsibilities, remember to remind yourself that you’re doing a great job.

Feelings of guilt are common when you consider transitioning to professional homecare. It’s important to remind yourself, though, that you’re doing your best - and there’s absolutely no shame in seeking the help of others.

So, how might you benefit from accepting the help of home nursing care?

  1. Improve quality of life for you and your loved one
  2. Hiring a professional caregiver will give you valuable time back to live your life. Whether you need full-time assistance or just a couple of hours in the day, it can always adapt to suit your requirements.

  3. Improved life balance & flexibility
  4. When life gets a little too much, feelings of stress and anxiety can begin to surface. This can take its toll on your ability to provide high quality care for your loved one. By allowing others to help you, you’ll gain balance and flexibility, and more likely an improved relationship with your loved one.

  5. Tailored care plans for your loved one
  6. Designing a tailored care plan is something that professional caregivers have experience with. By combining their expertise with your loved one’s personal requirements, you can rest assured that they’ll receive the best care for their needs.

  7. Maintain independence
  8. Independence is something that most of us value greatly, and without it, we can start to feel anxious and limited in our options. Both you and your loved one deserve to feel independent, but often, taking caregiving responsibilities can take this away.

By seeking professional homecare, you’ll rest in the knowledge that your loved one is being looked after in their most comfortable environment, whilst you take a little time for yourself.

Caregiving can often be a different experience to you may predict, and it may throw you off a little when the responsibility falls on you.

Never be afraid to seek help if you need it; at Longdene Homecare, we’re always happy to welcome any queries you may have. To contact us, please click here.

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