Caring for a loved one with memory loss can be the most fulfilling work you’ll ever do. But, most people aren’t prepared for the many challenges involved. In more than three decades of working with families and training professional caregivers, we’ve learned that the best ones develop a variety of important traits:
Compassion. A caring heart can keep you energized through tough times, and can motivate you to seek training and resources that improve the quality of care you provide.
Composure. Meeting personal care needs like dressing or using the bathroom can be highly uncomfortable. Learning to keep your composure when performing unpleasant tasks is a gift of dignity to anyone receiving care of this nature.
Empathy. Your loved one may feel embarrassed, frustrated or angry as they grow less able to manage their personal needs. Take a deep breath, step back and consider their perspective.