The Top 5 Rewards of Becoming a Caregiver
Choosing your career is a big decision and, let’s face it, there are a lot of options. As children we try to measure what we’re good at and what we enjoy doing, then find careers that match those talents and preferences. Some people were born to be doctors, others are remarkably good with mechanical tasks, and some people have the efficiency and kind spirit of a natural caregiver.
If you have always found yourself helping others, offering help to the handicapped, and comforting friends after a personal tragedy, then that natural caregiver is you. Of course, with such a giving personality, you could choose from a number of social and empathic careers.
So why should you choose in-home caregiving? Perhaps because it is an incredibly rewarding way to gather experiences, meet people, and hone your skills.
1) The Stories You’ll Hear
The first and by far one of the best rewards that comes from in-home caregiving is the opportunity to hear a truly fantastic array of stories. People tend to forget because seniors move slowly and don’t shout much that each old person has lived their own exciting, adventure-filled life.
Even if they went to the same job every day for 40 years, there will be some truly incredible tales of times now long since passed. If you love history, personal stories, and looking through ancient photo albums, then you will vastly enjoy the stories learned from your elderly clients while caregiving.
2) A Chance to Hone Your Homemaking
Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew, crochet, cook, garden, or any number of other classic homemaking tasks, now is your chance. As a caregiver, part of your job is to help seniors with their chores and hobbies even though eyes and hands may not work like they used to.
This is your ideal opportunity to learn skills that have since passed out of the public knowledge and to practice these skills in a home built to support it. You can sit together mending and watching movies, work in the garden, or you can learn all the wonderful homemade recipes of your clients as you help them cook for themselves and visiting family.
3) Choosing a Relaxed Career
Some careers are constant hustle, with demanding task after demanding task. From marketing to retail, many people have to stand all day at work or meet some looming quota every week with their job hanging in the balance. Caregiving is very serious work, as you must be ready for a medical emergency at any time, but most days you will be able to sit back and relax with your clients.
The vast majority of your tasks will include chatting, light housework, and perhaps running errands together with you as the safe and reliable driver. Caregiving is, most days, a much lower stress job than the vast majority of occupations.
4) An Increased Understanding of Aging
As we age, the body changes and slows and the effects of these physical shifts are often profound. By working with a variety of seniors throughout your career, you will get an in-depth understanding of what it’s like to be that age and can actually use this knowledge to your advantage.
Plan your own health decisions to avoid the mistakes you’ve learned about from clients and put together a retirement fund early so that you’ll have more than enough funds to hire your own caregiver when you get old. You’ll also have a better idea of what to do with yourself when you do get to that age.
5) Helping People Every Day
The final reward of caregiving is the warm and fuzzy feeling of getting to help people every single day. If this is a driving motivation for, you, if you love to help out and enjoy the company of older people, then caregiving is the perfect career choice for you.