Where did that bruise come from? Why are you wearing long sleeves today? Does your stomach hurt? Even if you cannot physically view every ache and pain that a senior experiences, you just know that some are not normal. Some should never be occurring – especially when that person is supposed to be safe in the care of a hired organization or group of individuals.
The way that I conduct my affairs with the seniors that I keep company with is with the utmost care and concern. I certainly do not want to be hurt and I can’t stand the thought of anyone else ever being hurt! When I help an elder to stand, I always make certain that I do so by lifting under their arms or around their waist. Helping them by grabbing an arm will only cause massive bruising and this is uncalled for!
The other reason that I do not grab an extremity is because older bones are much more fragile than younger ones. They are not nearly as resilient and can break causing the elder undue pain and agony.
If an individual is interested in being a caregiver, they must have a special heart. They must be willing to go to the extremes to protect them from any harm – whether intended or not. They must be willing to take care of the individual as though they were an infant – yet not treat them with disdain; with the wisdom that their years have provided.
Elder care is certainly not for everyone. It is for those folks that have realized that With Age Comes Respect. If you don’t understand this concept, then this business is certainly not one for you to pursue.