Caregiving can be rewarding
In this blog our goal is to be a great resource to the millions of caregivers out there and offer helpful advice and assistance to them during this time. We often talk about the stresses and the difficulties associated with caregiving and how you can overcome these obstacles to better not only your life but the life of the loved ones you care for. Being a caregiver can also be very rewarding and these feelings can sometimes outweigh the negative feelings of caregiving.
There’s no doubt that caring for a loved one can be difficult at times. You might feel stressed and over burdened sometimes but there are also some major positives of the job. In a 2007 survey on family caregiving most family caregivers feel more positive about their experiences than they did before they took on the responsibility. There is a significant difference in expectations prior to becoming a caregiver and the actual experience. 60% of family caregivers reported their experience was very or extremely rewarding. That percentage is a huge jump from the 10% who said the same before they took on the responsibility of caregiving.
A lot of caregivers experience a rewarding feeling from caring for the ones they love and giving them the help they need. Caregivers also get a chance to know their loved ones on a whole different level than they ever did before both mentally and emotionally. Most caregivers also experience a stronger bond and relationship with the loved ones they care for. The chance to build a stronger relationship with your loved one and having the
gratification of knowing that the work you’re doing is greatly improving your loved ones quality of life can be an extremely rewarding experience.
Many caregivers say that their experience gave them the opportunity to learn more about life and also more about themselves. Caregivers have the opportunity to really get some very valuable lessons from the job and these life experiences will help you for the rest of your life.
As you take on this new role of caregiving, or if you’re already an active caregiver, sit back and consider some of the benefits gained from this experience.