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The Sneaky Little Benefits of Family Caregiving

Caregivers in Hilshire Village, TX  The Senior Being Cared For Isn’t the Only One Who Can Benefit from Caregiving

Many family caregivers experience changes in their personality through their experience as a long-term care provider. While some changes can be negative due to caregiver burnout, many of the personality changes are positive. To find out more about these sneaky little benefits, keep reading.

There are a variety of different personality types and the changes may depend on how open a person is, their relationship with the person they are caring for, and mental and physical health. Here are some of the ways caregiver’s personalities may be changed while caregiving.

  • If you are a person who likes to be in a charge, being a caregiver can either turn you into a bossy person full of frustration or mellow out your personality. Taking care of another person would easily allow your dominant side to appear because you know your parent or loved one can no longer take care of themselves the way they once did. However, a parent’s self-esteem may plummet if they are suddenly being bossed around by their child, someone they used to care for. Remind yourself that your parent remains your parent and treat them with as much kindness as you can. Providing care and being respectful towards your parent may mellow out your strong personality and leave you with more empathy.
  • If you are generally a laid back person who doesn’t care much for organization, caregiving may teach you time management, basic organizing skills, and improve your decision making process. While your easy going personality won’t disappear, you will get the added benefit of organization to may improve other areas of your life.
  • If you are a shy or timid person, caring for a loved one may teach you to be more assertive. It may be difficult to find your voice at first but realizing that your parent or loved one needs a strict routine and often needs directions will make this easier. You will come to know your loved one depends on you to be their voice and it will be up to you to deal with outside sources like their doctor and social worker. Being a family caregiver can you help you gain courage, and develop a more outspoken personality.

Family caregivers often times find their jobs to be emotional but also rewarding. If you keep an open mind you might find that your important job as a caregiver is creating positive changes in your overall personality.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of caregivers in Hilshire Village, TX contact At Your Side Home Care. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (832) 271-1600 for more information.

 

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week