As an elderly caregiver, you have to anticipate the last day you will see your client(s). It is inevitable.
What you do not expect is to say goodbye before that drastic day – due to unforeseen circumstances – like money. It is something that no one wants to happen!
What many families don’t realize is that caretaking is a job like any other job; true, many of us are much more committed, but this is what pays our bills nonetheless. It is just hard to explain to some family members that may feel that can pay you when they feel like it and toss you aside like yesterday’s trash whenever they feel like it!
It is not a good feeling – especially when you feel like the only advocate that an elder has. The worst thing is that there is really not a darn thing you can do to prevent the unnecessary from becoming a reality in some cases. No amount of begging or pleading will do you any good. The fact remains, this is how caregivers support their families and like it or not, sometimes they may have to say goodbye.
What is really awful is the look on the senior’s face. It is though you are betraying them and kicking the old motto of With Age Comes Respect right out the window. Boy, this is not a great part of the job!