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4 Things that Make Family Caregivers Awesome

By Amy Felman

As a caregiver, you probably have days when you feel like no one appreciates what you do. You may sometimes feel like nothing you do is right or like you’re stuck in a rut. Maybe you don’t hear many compliments on what you do for your aging relative. Perhaps you seldom even hear a thank you for your hard work. The truth is that family caregivers are truly amazing people, even if they don’t hear people say it. But, just in case you need some encouragement today, here are 4 things that make family caregivers awesome.

#1: You Don’t Need to Be Thanked
Even though it would be nice to be thanked now and then, when it comes down to it, that’s not the reason you’re a caregiver. You’re doing what you do because it’s the right thing. You saw a need in your aging relative’s life, and you stepped up to fill it. That’s true even if you were reluctant to take on the role when it was presented. There’s no law that says you have to be a caregiver, but here you are doing it anyway.

#2: You’re a Role Model for Younger Generations
Though you may feel like no one notices what you do for your older family member, but kids don’t miss a thing. Your children see the care you provide to the older adult and will remember it as they get older. In the future, when they see a senior in need of assistance, they may be more likely to become caregivers, too.

#3: You Allow Your Aging Relative to Remain in a Home Setting
Without the things you do for them, your aging relative may be unable to remain in their home. They might have to move to a long-term care facility. According to an AARP survey, 76 percent of older adults want to continue living in their homes as they age. Because of your assistance, your loved one gets to do just that.

#4: You’re Doing a Job You Don’t Get Paid For
Family caregivers aren’t paid for their work. They spend hours each week doing things like helping seniors get dressed, cook meals, keep their houses clean, and many other things. In fact, statistics show that caregivers in the United States provide a combined total of $470 billion in care per year. The average caregiver spends 24.4 hours per week on caregiver tasks, which is the equivalent of a part-time job. A fourth of caregivers spend 41 hours or more on caregiver tasks, making it a full-time job.


Sources
https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/about/info-2018/2018-aarp-home-and-community-preferences-survey.html
https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-statistics-demographics

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Pittsburgh, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 364-4663.