It is so sad when a client is not being treated right in their own home. Perhaps family, friends, or God forbid, their caregiver, is not treating them with the respect that they are owed and deserve. But the flipside of that is when those same people (albeit different client and different others) treat their elder with the utmost of respect. The happy, giddy faces and relaxed demeanor of those clients is what every (good) caregiver hopes to see.
I love to see the spoiled little ladies with their new clothes, their hair done just right and the new manis and pedis to show off. This is what old age was meant to be! I think that once you hit a certain age the world should show you that they adore you.
Of course there are the older people that are just plain irritable. They hate everyone and show it every single way that they can. Now you do have to keep in mind that perhaps they don’t feel good, they are sad or they are in pain – but even this can get old.
It is so great for me to see wonderful, happy-go-lucky elders because my grandma was not one. She was more the earlier than the latter. It was sad to see.
If you asked me a few years ago if I could be an elderly caregiver I would have answered in the negative. I did not realize that old people could be so great, but now that I know, I cannot think of doing anything else in my life. I love it. I love showing that With Age Comes Respect because, as I have learned, it truly does!