NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY

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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.

It’s exhausting.

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.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas,in my messy house.
My creatures, my dogs are stirring, they want to go for a walk.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
If St. Nicolas comes to my house he will trip on the clutter all throughout my house.

The children are begging me to tell them what I got them for Christmas…
While visions of lap tops, phones, and expensive technology danced in their heads.
And mamma in her work clothes going in for a long exhausted shift
Has not even got her Christmas presents wrapped!!!!

Seriously though, I have to work in two hours, and I still haven’t wrapped any of my Christmas gifts.
I am such a procrastinator, I need to be more prepared next year! I must thrive on waiting until last minute. That is how I get motivated I guess. Not the best way to approach things. 😀
I get to work and spend Christmas Eve. taking are of those who cannot care for themselves, and whose families don’t visit them.
There is a purpose for me to work on Christmas Eve.
I can always wrap presents later.

I am a
busy
working
Mom!
Send Help!
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Oh my aching back!

How to help your back pain…

 

I work as an caregiver in assisted living. It provides “enhanced care”, for the elderly. What I mean by this is, roughly a third of our 70 residents are either totally dependent on us, or need a lot of help to stand or be transferred. We use hoyer lifts and sit to stands. We take care of residents that have had strokes that paralyze on side of their body, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or they are elderly and frail. We assist or completely transfer them to bed, bathroom, and shower. Change them in bed.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I love my job. I am just trying to explain what I do for a living. I’m not complaining or anything. I have been a caregiver for a decade. It is my calling. Caring for those who cannot care for themselves, brightening up someone’s day, being there for someone during their darkest time, holding someone’s hand while they take their last breath, because their family isn’t present. Keeping them nourished, preventing falls. Making their last days count, and improving their lives. I used to be an activity director. The bond I make with them, I feel like they are my second family. I will never quit, regardless of back pain.

 

Improper body mechanics. This is one reason why my back hurts. That and you are lifting a human being and they move when you’re doing a transfer. Seriously though, when lifting anything, save your back! Lift like you are doing a squat in the gym. Make sure you keep your back straight. Keep your legs shoulder width apart or whatever you feel is best. Use proper body mechanics, especially if you have a physically demanding job! Or just in general, because you only have one back. I also buss the dining room, as in lift heavy trays. My back is killing me today. I go home with back pain, soreness and fatigued. I get burning sensations in my arms and so on.

 

So, what do I do to keep going? For example, my back hurt so bad today, I had to lay in massage chair today before work. My caregiver friends come over and use my massage chair. I’m happy to help. Stretching, yoga and Pilates!

 

Do stretches such as, laying on the floor on your back and stretch out your arms and legs. Put your foot on your knee, take your knee to the floor, and your opposite hand, and upper body to the opposite side. Stand up and reach above your head. Put your hands on your hips and stretch your back backwards, and to the side. Also, go to the gym and use weight machines to get your back stronger. If you have heart problems or in general consult your doctor about exercises and so on. I rarely have time for the gym. I’m a working Mom. I feel like I have no time. Exercising and eating healthy helps, but I don’t want to sound hypocritical because working five days a week, and being blessed with two daughters, I just can’t find time.

 

I get massages every chance I get. Deep tissue massage. It helps so much. It’s such a stress and anxiety reliever. I feel human again, after getting a massage. I invested in a massage chair. Best investment I’ve made. I didn’t care how much or if I had the money or not. I also use tiger balm. I also have a massage chair. It’s a life saver for when I do not have the money for a massage. It relieves pain, and helps me keep going. 

 

I am worried about how much pain I will have when I am older. I see first hand how much pain the older population is in pain. Hopefully, I can stay in shape as I age, but easier said than done. My parents tell me that it is heart healthy to have a physically demanding job vs sitting all day. My Mom read an article about how having a sit down job is as bad as smoking. I wonder how true that is. We all gotta do what we gotta do to make money. My job is wearing me out. Maybe I can find a sit down job, and work on day a week as a caregiver.

 

Thanks for reading. If you have back pain or any type of pain, I sympathize. I feel what you are going through.

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