National Caregivers Day, is the third Friday of February, which was yesterday!
One this day we honor hospice workers and long-term facility caregivers.
Caregivers are the front line workers that keep the building running.
They make sure your loved one is taken care of.
We toilet, shower, feed, dress.
We run around all day answering call lights.
We wash your loved ones laundry and make their bed, since most of them were housewives throughout their life time.
We are there to get them up in the morning at the start of their day to make sure they eat breakfast.
We are there in the evening to put them to bed.
We know them well, we recognize any changes in their behavior, or well being, for we see them 32-40 hours a week.
We ensure their safety. We cut up their food, and de-clutter their rooms.
We are there for your loved ones on their death bed, holding their hand, praying for them, and rotating their position every two hours and changing them to ensure that they do not get bed sores.
It’s a labor of love, and it takes a special person, with patients to do this line of work.
If you are a caregiver, make sure you rest enough, and take time for yourself to avoid burn out.
Appreciate your caregivers.
We do more than you think.
We have your loved ones best interest at heart.
We are there when you cannot be.
We love your Mom or Dad or whomever is placed in our care, for they are our second family.
I’ve been a caregiver for 12 years in assisted livings. I love it and cannot imagine doing anything else.
It brings meaning to my life.
It wears me out, but I have learned the secret to a long life is hard work through my residents.
They have deeply interesting life stories. They have been through WWII, Korean war, and Vietnam war. They have lived through the depression. They were alive when segregation laws were in effect, and they watched Martin Luther King Jr. lead the way to end these laws. They were housewives in the 50’s. They lived through the “hippie” era, of peace, love and happiness. They have rich history stories. This job is a great history lesson, and could never be boring.