The caregiver’s mental and emotional needs

While you, the caregiver, are ordinarily the wallflower behind every situation when it comes to caring for the elderly, one thing is for certain, you will need to have someone take care of your mental and emotional needs or things could really go awry very quickly. Even though you are the steadfast one, you are also human. If you love this job as much as I love mine and embrace each of clients as extended family members, with that comes feelings that can either make or break you!
Just like medical professionals become discouraged, sometimes even stepping away from their practices for short times, you, too may become discouraged, want to cry, rage, or even walk away. Many caregivers do.
If you are like me, you will compartmentalize and save the bad stuff to discuss with those confidants you have established that will listen and understand. Yes, I try to be everything that my clients need, when they need it. That is just a part of who I am and the fact that I completely believe that With Age Comes Respect, but I also know that if I don’t let out all the bad, then I could fall apart and walk away, too, and I never want to do that!

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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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