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Satisfaction with Caregiver Role

DC caregivers discuss their feelings about their caregiving role. Most say that they derive satisfaction knowing they are helping someone they love and that the help is needed and appreciated.
  • I'm glad I'm here to take care of my mother. I feel satisfied that when she goes to bed at night, she's happy.
  • My husband complains all the time. I help him and I want to give him everything he wants, everything he needs. I'm satisfied when he's happy.
  • I honestly feel no one could take care of my wife the way I do and I take pride in that.
  • I believe caregiving is an act of love, so I try to do as much as I can for my wife without expecting much in return, knowing her condition.
  • My satisfaction is in seeing my aunts thriving and healthy and doing well.
  • My satisfaction comes from seeing how my mother's health has improved since I became her caregiver.


Practical Tips: Here are some practical tips from DC caregivers on cultivating satisfaction as a caregiver.
  • Be happy when you know the elder is happy.
  • Take pride in the work you do, even if you are the only one acknowledging a job well done.
  • Accept improvements in the elder's condition as evidence of the good care you are providing to the elder, but realize that some conditions will not improve.
  • Consider the elder's complaints, address them if possible, but realize that there are some things you can't change.
  • Get professional help if you become depressed or too stressed out.
  • Realize that no matter what you do, the elder's condition may not get better.
  • Look at caregiving as an opportunity to help someone who can't help himself or herself.
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