Caretaker Appreciation

Nov 18, 2014
Tagged with: Caretaker Appreciation

Caregivers play an important role in maintaining the health and well-being of our loved ones. As people age, more family members have assumed the role of caretaker so that they don’t have to resort to placing their loved one in a long-term care facility. When this is possible, it helps to maintain the quality of life of the aging individual or person with a disability.

In thinking about caretakers, my focus was directed toward people with a disability, who rely on their family members to be their primary Caretakers. The first person that came to mind for me was my grandmother. Instead of being able to enjoy the time she had with me just to be my grandma, she also happily took on the role of full-time caretaker. This meant that she was responsible to take me to my different therapy and doctor appointments as well as bathing and dressing me, since those were things I couldn’t do on my own as a little girl. When I look back on the sacrifices she made for me, it makes me think about the sacrifices every caretaker makes to ensure the health and well-being of their loved one.

In today’s world, there are things like respite care that are available to caretakers so they can get a break from what is a rewarding, yet very stressful job. In all honesty, because she loved me so much, even when she could take a break from being with me, I’m not sure she’d do it so willingly. Though she definitely deserved to recharge her batteries every once in a while. Caretakers are a great resource because they allow the person they care for a pathway to independence that may not be available to them otherwise. For all the assistance Caretakers provide a person, they don’t receive half the recognition they truly deserve. In fact, they’re charged with a very difficult job, and most often are people like my grandmother, who did it because of the love she had for me with no monetary compensation.

National Caregiver Awareness Month is a step in the right direction to give those who most of the time don’t even receive a thank you for the hard work they do. If I could say one thing to my grandma, it would be thank you for planting the seeds for the life I have today. I love you.

How has a caretaker benefited your life?

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Author: Christinne Rudd

  • bobl07

    Thank you for the personal touch on this blog as my family has been going through a caretaking experience for several years.