Emotions bubbling over

When clients realize that either their or their partner’s health is failing fast, the emotions come bubbling over. I have to gage my reactions at these moments so that I am a testament to my belief that With Age Comes Respect as opposed to a contradiction.
There are times that I cry right along with the client and other times I display my sense of strength; holding hands, hugging, smiling and most of all listening. It is a rare thing for people to listen and I think it is most important in the case of an elderly caregiver!
I love each and every one of my clients as if they were my very own family. When they hurt, I hurt. When they are joyful, so am I. Sometimes it feels as if we share the same spirit – even more than kindred spirits I suppose.
Even though I realize that life is cyclical and so do they at some level, the older we get, the more frightened we tend to become about the mere concept of life ending. It is what it is, but when it is time to face it, no matter how religious some of us are, the concept of not knowing what awaits us on the other side is a frightening prospect. And for those clients that have been married for many years and don’t wish to be apart, this is an even headier concept that weighs on them like a rock. That is most likely the reason that some couples pass within short periods of each other.
As a caregiver, I will simply continue on my path of caring and respect. It is the least I can do!

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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