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Providing Care For the Caregiver

August 16, 2013 Our Blog

Caregivers provide special services in child care, senior care and disabled care. The caregiver performs nanny services, babysitting, housekeeping and maid services. In most cases, they look after our babies, the disabled and seniors. These are special and fragile members of our families who need special attention and care.

The caregiver on one hand has a complex but vital relationship with the people he or she cares for. The working relationship requires the caregiver to be in close proximity to our children, our elderly and our disabled relatives. Allowing a stranger into our homes to care for our vulnerable ones does have some effects on a wide variety of people.

First and foremost, the family and friends of the nannies and babysitters are affected. The responsibility of caring for children and senior citizens is very demanding and stressful. Professional caregivers are not known to be high earners because caregiver jobs are low paying jobs. Most caregivers have second jobs, families to look after, friends to socialize with and parents of their own to attend to.

Given the fact that caregivers provide vital assistance to our precious and loved family members, it is important for the employer to make things easy for the caregiver. Imagine a female caregiver who has children on her own providing nanny and babysitting services to your children. The implication is clear because her own children would not be enjoying the same services that she is providing for your kids.

Another example is a male caregiver taking care of your family members and happens to be a dad. He would not be home to supervise his children and provide fatherly guidance to them. He cannot help out with his kids’ school assignment or help out with disposing the trash.

Closely related to the above, friends and acquaintances of the caregiver are also greatly impacted. The caregiver’s job can leave the caregiver emotionally and physically drained after work sessions. The bottom line is that the caregiver may not have the energy or the right attitude to spend time with friends after work.

Ever heard of Caregiver Burn Out Syndrome before? This is a severe mental break down resulting from the stress of looking after the elderly, the disabled and children. The pressure and demands on caregivers can be over bearing even for the strong willed. Friends and families of caregivers are well aware of the strenuous demands associated with this profession. It therefore becomes a lingering concern and worry to the friends and loved ones of the caregiver.

It is worth mentioning that caregivers are professionals and they have voluntarily elected to engage in this profession. For that matter, this is not to discount the pay and other compensation packages that caregivers receive for their services.

Keep in mind that the relationship between you and your caregiver is unlike any other. The caregiver is the person you let into your home and in contact with members of your family. The caregiver is the one you entrust with caring for the needs of the most vulnerable individuals in your household.

In conclusion, it is not too much to even treat your caregiver as a member of your family because they are that important and special to you.

Always keep an eye on the physical and emotional well-being of your caregiver. Try to be supportive and look for signs of burn out so that you can prevent a full caregiver burn out.

Your care for your caregiver gives him or her peace of mind to properly take care of the special people in your life. Make it a habit to always provide some form of care for your caregiver because your caregiver is not just a worker but a member of your household.