Live-in Care for Seniors in Charlotte, NC – One Caregiver’s Story of How Optimism Plays an Important Role in Home Care
Karen never really expected that she would become a live-in caregiver. She graduated high school, went off to college, but never really found her calling. One day while looking for work, she answered an ad from a home care agency seeking caregivers. She was interviewed several times and eventually hired. In the beginning, she felt overwhelmed by the responsibilities and requirements of this job. However, within a few months she realized what she was meant to do in her life.
Because she wasn’t dating, had no children, and didn’t have any other direct obligations, she looked into the prospect of working for live-in care for seniors. She liked the idea of taking care of one client, living with them, and supporting them throughout the day and into the nighttime hours.
She had found a compassion for caring for others she didn’t knew existed within her.
Her first assignment was with in aging woman in her late 80s, who had suffered several strokes, and had serious mobility limitations. She could barely use any portion of the left side of her body, so she needed help getting out of bed, getting to the bathroom, getting onto the toilet, bathing, and just about everything else.
Within the first couple of weeks Karen was being called on almost all of the time, it seemed. It was a constant job throughout the day and several times during the night she would be awakened to help the client go to the bathroom.
In all of that time, no matter how little sleep she got or how many challenges she faced during the day, Karen remained positive and optimistic. She was always ready with a smile to share with her client. Even when her client’s family stopped by for a visit, no matter how many times they said she must be exhausted, overwhelmed, or ready to run for the hills, she would continually tell them that things were great, she enjoyed working for their matriarch, and she loved this job.
For caregivers like Karen, it’s the act of caring that makes a world of difference for them. It’s easy to remain positive and upbeat when you’re doing what you were meant to do in life. For any live-in caregiver, the job can be taxing, it can take a toll on the body and mind, and it can certainly be frustrating at times. However, being positive and upbeat are powerful tools that can help the caregiver as well as the elderly client.
Karen’s client found that out and she absolutely adored her because of it.
If you or your loved one could benefit from the help of live-in care in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas, contact the caregivers at Golden Heart Senior Care. Experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re in Caring Hands with Golden Heart! Call (704) 246-5806 for more information.
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