At times, caregiving can feel like a never-ending slog. There’s always something to be done – the “to-do” list never ends. It can make you believe that there are no benefits to these tasks at all. But that’s not true. Just take a look below.
A sense of purpose
Even though caregiving can be extremely hard work, there is a purpose to it. You are helping another person survive and thrive. Without you, that person’s life wouldn’t be the same. Your work may be challenging, but at least it’s meaningful. You can never say it was “all for nothing.”
A feeling of closeness
Depending on your caree, you two may develop a relationship that goes beyond caregiving. Perhaps you already have one, such as mother and daughter. Or maybe the caree’s family hired you to look after them. Regardless, there is an opportunity here to be close to another human being and really get to know them. Try to take advantage of it.
Being a role model
There’s no doubt that if you’re a compassionate caregiver, you’re a role model for everyone around you. However, this is especially true if a younger generation is watching you. They’ll learn how to treat elders when it’s their turn to become caregivers. The job you have is an important one indeed!