Put yourself in their shoes

The other day while at the home of a client, I was brought up short when she asked me when she could go home. My client is in her 90s and generally pretty clear headed but she had just woken from a nap and was a little fuzzy. It broke my heart. We are so busy as caregivers, whether with clients or family members it’s may be hard to see the person through the work. Occasionally, step back and put yourself in their shoes for a minute. No one ever expects to be old and wrinkled, to become a burden, or have their mind clouded. Have compassion. What I try to do when surprised by a situation or comment that I can’t fix, is to calmly explain what is going on and how things are now. Sometimes it works sometimes you just have to get through it the best you can. One day you may literally be in their place. How would you like to be treated? Makes you think.

 


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