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The Rewards of Being a Caregiver

By Vicki Crow

If you want a fulfilling career that allows you to serve people in your community, caregiving may be the right job for you. At Home Helpers of Walnutport, our employees serve a critical purpose in the lives of patients every day. Many caregivers begin their work to make other people happy, but they often experience happiness because of their job as well. There are many benefits to this kind of work and multiple reasons you should consider it.

 

Helping Others Live Better Lives

It is no surprise that seniors often experience a decline in their quality of life as they lose the ability to take care of themselves. A caregiver improves the lives of their patients every day.

 

  • Increased awareness - Seniors are seldom aware of all they should be doing to take care of their minds and bodies. Caregivers educate their patients on healthy living and empower them to do more for themselves.
  • Consistent social interaction - Interacting with people is an important part of mental health and brain function. Without someone to care for them, the elderly often become isolated and decline in mental health.
  • Regular movement - Seniors are frequently sedentary when left to themselves, which results in more rapid physical decline. A caretaker can help them improve their overall health with frequent activity.
  • Proper medication - As a caregiver, you can make sure their medications are taken in the right doses at the right times, which is critical for their health.

 

These are only a few of the many ways you could change lives in a caregiving job. Through simple day to day tasks, your presence would impact the life of a senior immeasurably.

 

Improving Your Own Life

Most people who consider a career in caregiving think first and foremost about the lives of others. However, there are profound rewards for your own life in this field.

 

  • Physical health - The constant movement and activity of a caregiving job often results in better physical health and fitness in the caregiver. Many caregivers grow stronger due to the activity of their jobs.
  • Mental function - Studies show caregivers score higher than average on tests for memory and information processing speeds.
  • Confidence - When you take care of another person, your confidence in yourself and your abilities grows, because you know they depend on you. People in positions where others rely on them grow in leadership and self-satisfaction.

 

Though your primary reason for caregiving may be to care for a senior, you would also take better care of yourself.

 

Are you ready to do good for your life and the lives of others? Contact Home Helpers to begin your career as a caregiver.