It’s that time of the year again! Optimism Month. While this may be difficult for some people to accept, being positive can have many repercussions throughout life. When you’re talking about home care support services, people who have done this type of work in the past understand how challenging it can be.
It can be extremely difficult to stay positive for professional caregivers.
They know the struggles their elderly clients face. They may be tasked with a number of physical challenges, helping them get out of bed, helping them bathe, trying to encourage somebody who feels as though their life has come to an end.
However, due to any number of factors, including wages, stress levels, and other opportunities, many caregivers only have a few months or a couple of years of experience doing this type of work. A lot of them tend to burnout or give up because they don’t believe there is a great deal of support for them. Many of these caregivers who leave the profession are independent caregivers, but when you look at the experience of some of those who work for agencies, you begin to see that those who have been doing this type of work for years have a tendency to be upbeat and positive, even when faced with the most challenging client.
They have seen it all.
When somebody has seen ‘it all,’ nothing is going to surprise them. They have been yelled at, had things thrown at them, and had the most ornery clients who probably ultimately came around to realize there is great value in the support these caregivers offer.
They understand the best strategies.
When you have knowledge about the best strategies to employ in a variety of different situations, it becomes easier to redirect clients, help them see life in a positive perspective, and even encourage them to stay as active as they want to be.
These are the caregivers who are truly compassionate.
If a person is doing a job just for the money, when they face something as challenging as home care services, they won’t stay around long. A person who has a great deal of experience in this profession is doing it because they have true compassion.
When you have true compassion, it’s much easier to be positive about the circumstances you face, whether it’s daily, with one client, or with several.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in River Oaks, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.
He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.
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