The upside to elderly home care may surprise you. I know it did me. When I first ventured down the elderly home care path, I found it to be challenging, sometimes exasperating and oftentimes so physically and mentally exhausting that I wasn't sure how I could go on providing elderly home care. I discovered that elderly home care was similar to when I brought home my first baby, but quite different since this time those relying on me had a lot more wisdom under their belt than I did and had loved and nurtured me my whole life. They were hesitant to take up anymore of my time than necessary even though they knew they were in need of my elderly home care help. It took me a while, but I convinced them that providing elderly home care was something I wanted to do.
This upside to elderly home care may be unexpected in light of today's news that often points to data concerning caregiver stress and article after article illustrating the financial challenges those offering elderly home care may have to deal with. There are even claims that those offering elderly home care to patients with dementia are treated more often in emergency rooms and may be more susceptible to depression. These are all valid challenges that must be negotiated, but there are more issues that one should look at when preparing to offer elderly home care.
I've discussed the situation with others who are in the midst of providing elderly home care and I believe there is more to the elderly home care picture than the downside. Despite the negative data on caregivers gathered in some spots, I believe providing elderly home care can also be good for you. If you still have children at home, they often benefit greatly from their grandparent's unconditional love and wisdom. My children have lived with their grandparents for the last ten years and I know that their love and support helped the boys to become the wonderful, caring men that they are today. I have learned to prioritize my life and how to say no even to the experts when I need to. I've learned to take one step at a time and have faced challenges and become an advocate for my family. As I see it, the upside to providing elderly home care is the fact that it strengthens the caregiver and the family in ways that will be carried on for generations to come. It can certainly challenge us to points we never imagined we could handle, but I believe it is also an opportunity to build on our strengths, unconditional love and resiliency.