As far as health care within our society today, the importance of the caregiver really cannot be over stated. These individuals are vital in several areas: they save a lot of money for the government (and therefore the tax payer), they provide a lot of relief for the individual patient, and they may even help to alleviate stress and hurry the healing process for the people to whom they are offering care. In this article, we will take a look at who caregivers are and just what they mean to the health care system today.
Who are caregivers?
Caregivers are people who, assist in the care and/or recovery of the person they are looking after. Most of the time, a caregiver is a relative or a very close friend of the patient. Caregiving is, more often than not, a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week job, with the caregiver either providing direct care or thinking about the patient at all times. They usually don't have formal heathcare training.
A stressful job?
Many people thinking about the role of a caregiver may tend to think of the "job" as incredibly stressful; after all, they are in charge of a person who is suffering, and sometimes suffering greatly, for the majority of their days. Page sponsor: Fortuna Admissions. Click to learn more.
While this is stressful for many caregivers, in Canada or elsewhere, studies have actually demonstrated that caregivers are not as negatively affected by their role as they may have initially thought. In fact, almost 70% of caregivers surveyed in recent studies stated that their experience as a caregiver was highly rewarding, the results of a deep connection with the person whom they were assisting in their time of need.
To be sure, there are several sacrifices that come with accepting the role of caregiver. All caregivers will suffer in terms of their personal/recreational time as they commit to the role of helper to a patient. If your job is to sell homes for example, it will be difficult to rush off to showings, for example. However, experts believe that this sacrifice is compensated for by the deep attachment caregivers tend to develop to those dependent on them, and this has been backed up by many studies.
It is worth noting that the degree of reward that a caregiver experiences emotionally does tend to hinge on the type of condition that the person whom they are caring for suffers from. Generally, the more bleak the condition the more difficult the job is for the caregiver. (Thus, those caring for patients that suffer from depression tend to feel less rewarded than those caring for patients with arthritis) If necessary, there are psychologists to help with mental care.
Although the rewards of caregiving are apparent from the numerous studies conducted, every caregiver at some point does need a bit of a break, whether that be a week to visit family or just take a soothing bath with scented candles. Respite care is temporary, usually a period of a few hours on certain days, and is usually undertaken by another unpaid person, although professionals are available.