Depression can really affect people. If you have never experienced it, you may not realize just how devastating it can possibly be – especially true if the person in question is an elder that has already been through many losses in their lifetime.
The best ways I see to help a person through their ‘bad times’ is strictly to listen – and to be there through thick and thin. Yes, this will take all the patience in the world, but when you show your clients that you stand by your mantra of With Age Comes Respect, by simply being present for them when they need someone, you are not only gaining respect, but conjuring love abound. There is no second method that is as fulfilling as this!
If you can do this, you will know that being an elderly caregiver is a life calling and not just a ‘job!’ Besides helping your clients, you may also be helping yourself more than you will ever know!
Also, doing the right thing can really be the best thing for you in the end, too, because giving of yourself one day could potentially mean getting back in kind later on. Who knows where we will all end up or what our story will be. Wouldn’t you want someone to be there for you when the chips are down?