Concentrate on the Joy!

Caregiving requires many things from the Caregiver.

Physically – Caregiving requires a strong back, strong arms and strong legs. Along with strength, there needs to be an understanding of ‘proper body mechanics’. Don’t ever try to just pull on your loved ones arms to get them up or turned over. Place a sheet across the middle under them if they are bedridden and need to be turned. Pull on the sheet rather than their body. (A baby bed sheet works great!) It is less likely to injure you or them! A sheet can also be used to tie around the waist to assist your loved one in getting around whether up and down out of a chair or giving you something to hold on to while they are walking that will not bruise them. Constantly holding or supporting under the arm, after a while, will make your loved one feel sore/bruised.

Emotionally – Be an encourager! There is always something you can say to encourage your loved one. Compliment their smile, the way they ate their food today, their hair or their clothes. We especially need to control our tone of voice and avoid all criticism.

  Psalm 30:5 “… weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” 

Concentrate on the Joy!