The ideal in caregiving is to have someone who is not only skilled and compassionate, but to have both parties connect in a meaningful way. When two people partner in a care relationship, there is potential for alleviating loneliness, learning, growing as individuals and bringing happiness to someone’s world. One part of caregiving is the actual tasks, assisting someone who due to illness or age needs help with bathing, preparing meals and running errands. The other part of caregiving is kindness, maybe making new friends, and lifting spirits.
In this video, we have compiled just a few of the stories we hear of how caregivers and clients develop bonds together regardless of their age or abilities.
One story is of a female caregiver in her 20s who worked with a 97-year old man losing his eyesight, and thanks to their shared military background, they had a lovely time together in spite of age and gender differences.
In another example, a caregiver has become like family to a woman living with dementia. “She’s really gotten to know her as a person and she’s found what brings her joy, what makes her smile.”
Click on this video to hear stories of caregivers and clients who have been perfectly matched and made an impact on one another’s lives.
Experts tell us that grief can happen for all kinds of loss and this past spring has led to a lot of change in everyone’s life and therefore loss for people across the globe.
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Let’s take a look at the difference between meaningful and it’s opposite, meaningless. In caregiving, it's important to create opportunities for meaningful activity.