Just as with any position, there are benefits and drawbacks to elderly caregiving. The biggest downside ever is to witness any type of elderly abuse that is out there and knowing how to deal with it without losing the elder’s advocate….you! The biggest financial drawback is realizing that no one lives forever, so in many instances the job is temporary – which can be financially devastating. The biggest personal drawback is when the elder runs out of money and has to seek alternative care. In this instance you not only lose a client, but for many of us, these elders are like family members. We love them, so it is like being separated from a loved one!
There is so much that goes into caring for a senior (all depending on the needs and attitudes poured forth). For me it is all about the love and caring that goes into the job. If you start with those two values and tack on the added respect that these people warrant, then anything can be achieved. It is easy then because you pour your heart and soul into it.
That is why my constant is to show each of my clients that With Age Comes Respect. I know then, that no matter what life throws our way, I will be remembered fondly and I can live with myself knowing that I did everything I could to love and serve those I respect in this life! And with that, I can leave the worrying behind!