Who is a caregiver?
Nearly 1/3 of Americans serve as family caregivers and millions more serve as paid professional caregivers. The Caregiver Space is sharing their stories.
I’m a parent, grandmother, dog lover, antique fan, music lover, and a person who genuinely cares for people and would love to be able to take away all of life’s suffering. I care for a retired female veteran. Before becoming a caregiver I didn’t realize how consuming it would be…both of my time and myself.
My advice for other caregivers would be to take life one day at a time, one opportunity at a time. Don’t take anything personal. It’s easier said than done, but possible. The hardest part of caregiving has been not having time for myself and my family. The most rewarding part is knowing I’m helping someone have a better life. The things that matter most to me are other’s happiness, my family, health and well being.
Caregiving has taught me understanding, appreciation, acceptance, thoughtfulness, and selflessness. It’s an honorable thing to be a caregiver. I’m making a different in people’s lives.