Being the primary caregiver for a senior can be both physically and mentally draining. It requires a special type of person, someone willing to devote a lot of time and energy to making sure the senior in their life gets the the physical and emotional care they need. If you are solely responsible for an aging loved one, hiring a professional home companion for short-term or respite care goes a long way toward easing that burden.
However, caring for someone can be an extremely rewarding job. It can not only be satisfying as a career, but it can also enhance your well-being, bringing psychological and emotional rewards such as personal satisfaction or increased family closeness.
Physically, caring for seniors can improve endurance and strength. In a study that tested the strength of caregivers versus non-caregivers, those who cared for seniors had stronger physical attributes. It requires a lot of walking and carrying things as well as other activities that involve constant motion.
Aside from being in shape, providing in-home care also improves your own brain function. Rapidly switching back and forth between schedules and tracking medicines keeps your brain sharp and active.
Yes, it’s true that caring for elderly parents or other seniors in your life is a challenging job, but there is also the reward of knowing you are ensuring that the senior in your life is getting the proper attention, companionship and care they need. And don't forget, help is available in many forms. Ask a ComForcare representative for more information on respite care and community programs.