this image shows a young girl crying with smudged maskara

A Caregivers Words.

this image shows a young girl crying with smudged maskara

A Caregivers words.

– I saw this on Facebook and wanted to share it here.

This is for all caregivers whether at home or in a residential home. You all deserve a pat on the back. I have huge respect & admiration for all of you.

A carers words

Sometimes this is what it looks like to be aCNA/caregiver. This is what it looks like to get off a long shift. This is what it looks like taking care of someone who is dying. This is what it looks like to hold someone’s hand as they cry in pain, fear, and confusion. This is what it looks like to calm someone’s husband, wife, sister, brother, mom, dad, cousin, aunt, uncle, friend, grandma, grandpa as they are on their way to a better place. This is what it looks like to be the only one who can console, or attempt to console, someone crying out for their family member out of confusion. This is what it looks like to bandage the same skin tear over and over because a resident/patient has fallen so much and their skin is as weak as paper. This is what it looks like trying to calm a resident/patient for hours on end so that they don’t get up and hurt themselves by accident.

This is what it looks like to love more than you thought your heart could. This is what it looks like to lose sleep wondering how a resident/patient is doing. This is what it looks like spending holidays and time away from your own family so that you can gladly take care of someone else’s. This is what it looks like to be the voice and advocate for someone who needs you. This is what it looks like to care, hope, and pray for someone who won’t even remember you tomorrow.

This is what it looks like to be a CNA/caregiver.
We are more than “glorified ass wipers”. We are more than someone who cleans up blood, feces, and urine. We are more than what those who don’t understand our “job” say about us. We are the voices, hearts, and warriors for those who need us, even those who may not know they do.

I am a caregiver and I am damn proud to be one.

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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