Let’s be honest for a moment…being a caregiver often feels like a thankless task. It’s frustrating, physically and emotionally exhausting, and it takes a lot of time. Yes, it certainly has its downside. You may have days when you wonder how on earth you ever wound up as a caregiver for an elderly relative and just why you’re still doing it.
On those days, you probably need a little extra encouragement. So, here’s the thing, even when it’s tough, there are a lot of good reasons to be thankful for the opportunity to be a caregiver. Focusing on reasons you’re thankful for being a caregiver can help get you through the hard days. Need some inspiration?
Here are 4 reasons to be thankful that you are a caregiver.
#1: You Have a Chance to Say “Thank You”
When a loved one dies unexpectedly, those who are left behind sometimes feel like there are things that were left unsaid. One thing many people wish they had said to the older generation that raised them is “thank you.” When older adults need help from family caregivers, they are often nearing the end of their lives. That means now is the time for you to say the things you need to say. Because you’ve been given the opportunity to be a caregiver, you are spending extra time with your loved one—a chance to really talk about the important things.
#2: You Get to Be a Role Model
If you have children of your own, you’ve probably warned them to “be good” at one time or another. In fact, you might spend a great deal of time talking to them about what it means to “be good.” Being a caregiver gives you the chance to show them goodness in action. By caring for someone in need, you’re modeling the “Golden Rule.” One day, your own children may find themselves facing someone who needs care and they’ll remember that helping is the right thing to do.
#3: Extra Time with Someone You Love
Everyone has a limited number of days in their lives. Being a caregiver to an older adult is a chance to spend some of those days with them. If you were not a caregiver, you might not spend as much time with the older adult.
#4: You’re Achieving Something
At the end of every day you spend offering caregiving services to an older adult, you can go to bed knowing you accomplished something. The day may have felt pretty mundane, full of menial tasks like helping the senior to get dressed, have a meal, and clean the house. But, consider what would happen if you weren’t there to do those things. You greatly improve the life of your aging relative, so every single day you help them you have accomplished something great.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Northport NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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