Some days you may feel as frustrated as a volcano about to erupt being an elderly caregiver and at other times you may look at your aging client and see the sweetest, neediest, most loving individual you could ever possibly meet. You fall in and out of love with each and every one of them if you are a caregiver that believes that With Age Comes Respect.
Even though things can get difficult, in the end, I always know that I am doing everything I can for every single client that I can! As hard as it seems, I always try to be gentle with my aging clients because, for no other better reason, I would want this type of treatment displayed to me!
I always feel as though I am the advocate that can make or break a situation. If I go in moody and unkind, I don’t seem loving at all, and that type of negativity can wreak havoc on an older person’s mood. I understand as well that any negativity I display can also be detrimental to a client’s health.
Just like I have been writing about psoriasis, not only does this skin disease flare up when there is stress and strain in an elder’s world, but most other diseases will react in the same manner. This goes for physical, emotional and mental disorders. That means if your client suffers from depression, if you do in guns blazing or tearful, your client may react in kind.
No matter how you feel, you have more or less taken an oath to be good to the aging. Do whatever is possible to ensure that you follow through with that promise!