Caregiving is one of the most demanding work you will come across whether you are paid for it or not. My experience with caregiving was when I cared for my wife, so there was an emotional connection between us beyond the patient and caregiver relationship. And yet, I would be lying if I said there weren’t frustrating moments.
The truth is that caregivers have an equal right to frustration as everyone else, mainly due to the nature of their jobs. However, everyone who dreams of pursuing a career in the field knows that patience is part of the job description.
Patience and caregiving are the most natural companions, even if you earn money for your services. This blog will help you understand why patience is required for all caregiving positions.
Reasons why Patience and Care go Hand in Hand
My experience with caregiving gave me several opportunities to understand why patience was so necessary for the role. I have compiled some of the most significant reasons and have listed them below.
1. Caregiving is Emotionally and Physically Exhausting
Most people already know that caregiving drains both physical and emotional energy. Most patients who need caregivers require extensive help with routine activities and basic physical movements. While caregivers are trained for physical exertion, it takes a toll on them, and they are often fully exhausted at the end of their shift.
Furthermore, some cases are also emotionally complex for caregivers to handle. Some patients cause emotional stress because of their unruly and sometimes borderline abusive behavior, making even the most experienced caregivers question their self-worth.
In other instances, caregivers have to see patients they have cared for slowly deteriorate and continue doing their jobs without breaking down. Managing all of these things without patience would be impossible.
2. Stress and Despair Makes Patients Unreasonable
People who require caregiving are sometimes recovering from horrible physical injuries, have a physical or learning disability, are elderly, or terminally ill. These conditions are pretty extreme and understandably put them in a complicated position emotionally.
Some patients cannot deal with the stress, uncertainty, and pain and often become excessively disruptive. Whether or not you are related to them, providing care to such patients is challenging and requires constant patience.
3. Not all Caregivers Receive Appreciation
One of the most common reasons caregivers needs unlimited patience is that not everyone receiving their care appreciates what they are doing. Some patients cannot see past their suffering and fail to recognize that the caregiver is trying their utmost to make them comfortable.
In contrast, other patients don’t acknowledge how much work goes into caregiving and are quick to dismiss the effort and energy, which can be incredibly frustrating. It would be impossible to continue being a caregiver if you aren’t trained to be patient under such situations.
In short, patience is a necessary part of the caregiving equation, and you cannot provide care without exercising it. I have thoroughly examined the lessons I learned from caregiving in my books, so you can read them to learn more about the topic.