The Myth's behind Care Giving

I am sure you have all heard the common myths surrounding the role of the CAREGiver. We want to help people understand what CAREGiving entails and to encourage people to think about a career in care.

Here are the top 5 myths surrounding CAREGiving:

Myth 1: CAREGiving consists only of routine tasks.

Many people believe that CAREGivers only have about 15 minutes for each care visit and they mostly provide tasked based care. That is true with a lot of care providers but at Home Instead we are different.

Our CAREGivers do so much more than that! They provide a large amount of social and emotional support which can be as impactful on their client’s wellbeing as those performing physical activities and don’t do 15 minute visits.

Myth 2: Care workers are unskilled.

Many CAREGivers are highly skilled and have been doing the job for many years, which not only means they are they skilled but they are also experienced. Even the less experienced CAREGivers at Home Instead possess a whole host of life skills which they have gained over the years, maybe through looking after a family member.

Myth 3: Being cared for in your home is only for the very ill.

Many elderly people want to live at home for as long as possible, but might require a little bit of extra help around the house. In these instances, non-medical home care, including personal care and companionship services can be provided by professional CAREGivers.

Non-medical home care often revolves around daily living activities, such as eating, dressing and washing and CAREGivers might also help with driving, shopping and doing housework. Companionship care is also vital to those living on their own as it helps prevent loneliness and isolation. Having a chat over a cup of tea and helping people get out and about is the type of quality time that elderly people most often need.

Myth 4: All CAREGiving services are the same.

The saying “buyer beware” is very true when looking for the right home care company. Whether you are a family member, looking for care for a loved one, or you are looking for a job in the care sector, it is important to remember that not all care companies are the same.

There are many options in today’s market for the elderly and their families, and it is recommended for anyone looking for care to do plenty of research and ask a lot of questions.

Myth 5: Most CAREGivers are middle-aged women.

Traditionally, this myth might be true, but in today’s society CAREGivers are a more diverse group than many people realise. There are plenty of younger women entering the sector and it is also not uncommon for individuals to be still working in the care sector after retirement.

There are many more myths about the role of a CAREGiver, but we hope that this article has helped shine a light on CAREGiving as a rewarding career where you can make a real difference to someone’s life.

At Home Instead Senior Care we’re running the You Can Care campaign, to provide advice and support. Simply search #youcancare on social media, for a range of hints and tips on ways to live well in later life.

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