10. Caregiver Strength Flexibility

Flexibility

  • Elasticity
  • Softness
  • Suppleness

As a Caregiver, a strength you may reveal – is Flexibility in the face of the unknown.

Do remember it is also important for you to use flexibility for you and your needs as a Caregiver.

Flexibility is often resting in reality

The Caregiver Strength of Flexibility

Flexibility is incredible because it will help you to continue, even when you are not getting, the answers you need, to move forward in any direction.

When you are caring and supporting a Loved One,

You may even change in a heartbeat or

Like getting up in the middle of the night, when you have gotten no sleep at all.

Day after day, month after month, year after year, helping in every way possible.

Flexibility is often shown in the face of fear

Caregiver Story of Flexibility

I didn’t understand at the time as a Caregiver –

I needed to be prepared for the unknown,

Because so often I would need to change in a moments notice!

Just when I thought one fire was out…

Another fire would pop up, which I needed to address immediately!

One day the Specialist advised a certain product for my Dad,

A product, which could apparently, only be written by his local GP.

So we arranged a visit to his GP,

The problem was the GP didn’t agree with the Specialists recommendations.

Change and revisit the Specialist.

When you are in the eye of the storm, how do you stay calm?

There are so many things happening, so many large and small decisions, which need to be made.

Which directly and indirectly touches so many peoples lives.

First my Loved One, myself, my immediate and extended families.

Flexibility to roll with the changes, and do the best you can as a Caregiver.

Remember you have the elasticity, the softness, suppleness to see this through!

Is Flexibility a strength of yours?- What else are your Strengths?

This is part of the Top 20 Caregiver Strength Series

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are Incredible

9. Caregiver Strength Dignity

Dignity

  • Value
  • Worth
  • Goodness

As a Caregiver, a strength you may reveal – is Dignity in the face of the unknown.

Do remember it is also important for you to use dignity for you and your needs as a Caregiver.

Dignity is often resting in reality

The Caregiver Strength of Dignity

Dignity is incredible because it will help you to continue, even when you are not getting, the answers you need, to move forward in any direction.

When you are caring and supporting a Loved One,

You may even do superhuman acts, of stopping when enough is enough or

Like getting up in the middle of the night, when you have gotten no sleep at all.

Day after day, month after month, year after year, helping in every way possible.

Dignity is often shown in the face of fear

Caregiver Story of Dignity

I took my Loved One to a Doctors appointment for the first time.

I thought it was strange, when the Doctor didn’t speak to his patience he spoke    to me?

He had assessed the needs of my Loved One and was telling me, the diagnosis.

Yet it was like as if, this had happened a million times before except with another person.

At the time my Loved One had a hearing aid, but could talk to people, who took the time to listen.

He was worth it!

It was like the time I took my children to the doctor and the doctor spoke to me about their condition.

Yet this wasn’t the first time, this had been for years.

It was like he didn’t value my Loved One as a individual.

Remember you have the value, the worth, goodness to see this through!

Is Dignity a strength of yours?- What else are your Strengths?

This is part of the Top 20 Caregiver Strength Series

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are Incredible

5. Caregiver Strength Patience

Patience

  • Endurance
  • Persistence
  • Tolerance

As a Caregiver, a strength you may reveal – is Patience in the face of the unknown.

Do remember it is also important for you to use patience for you and your needs as a Caregiver.

Patience is often resting in reality

The Caregiver Strength of Patience

Patience is incredible because it will help you to continue, even when you are not getting, the answers you need, to move forward in any direction.

When you are caring and supporting a Loved One,

You may even tolerate the most challenging people for Your Loved One or

Like getting up in the middle of the night, when you have gotten no sleep at all.

Day after day, month after month, year after year, helping in every way possible.

Patience is often shown resting in reality

Caregiver Story of Patience

Have you ever had a question being asked once and you gave the answer, and that is normal communication.

What happens when you are asked the exact same question in the morning and again in the afternoon?

We think the question must have been forgotten.

What about the same question being repeated every hour?

I remember the same question was being asked by my Loved One.

Every 10-15 minutes, Time and time again, over and over the same question or story..

Some days, I would begin to feel a little frustrated. Once or twice, I tried a different answer, to try and feel like I was keeping my sanity.

Yet it didn’t seem to work, my Loved One still repeated the same question, I couldn’t solve this one.

Patience when all else fails…

Remember you have the endurance, persistence, tolerance to see this through!

Is Patience a strength of yours?- What else are your Strengths?

This is part of the Top 20 Caregiver Strength Series

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are Incredible

4. Caregiver Strength Safety

Safety

  • Security
  • Shelter
  • Refuge

As a Caregiver, a strength you may reveal – is Safety in the face of the unknown.

The Caregiver Strength of Safety

Safety is incredible because it will help you to continue, even when you are not getting, the answers you need, to move forward in any direction.

When you are caring and supporting a Loved One,

Do remember it is also important for you to use safety for you and your needs as a Caregiver.

Safety is often thinking outside the box

Caregiver Story of Safety

I was excited, we would be celebrating a friends birthday for breakfast.

We just got back from the lovely birthday breakfast.

As we pulled up at home.

Out of the corner of our eye.

We saw part of a strange car on the road.

Between our house & our neighbor’s house

We didn’t realize it was a Police car

Until – The Police Officer started walking towards us.

He looked me in the eyes and asked if I knew my neighbor?

I said, yes, He explained, he was found 7km away. I jumped in my car and followed the Police car.

Wondering what happened.

They found my Loved One, wandering down the road.

Walking, alone, looking uncertain, unsure, they were concerned for his safety.

They kept giving cups of tea and biscuits.

It made us realize our Loved One wasn’t even safe at home anymore.

Changes seem to happen fast, and being prepared for safety.

Safety around the room, home, garden, being aware of challenges in the community.

Remember have you the security, shelter, refuge to see this through!

Is Safety a strength of yours?- What else are your Strengths?

This is part of the Top 20 Caregiver Strength Series

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are Incredible

3. Caregiver Strength Protection

Protection

  • Shield
  • Defense
  • Guard

 As a Caregiver, a strength you may reveal – is Protection in the face of the unknown.

The Caregiver Strength of Protection

Protection is incredible because it will help you to continue, even when you are not getting, the support you need, to move forward in any direction.

When you are caring and supporting a Loved One,

Protection is often used for caring only for your loved one

Do remember it is also important for you to use protection for you and your needs as a Caregiver.

Protection is often shown in the face of fear

Caregiver Story of Protection

My Love’s One had caught the train on a Thursday for the last 15 years to see a concert in the city hall, the last thing on my mind was needing protection.

I went to pick my Loved One up from the train station, he was no where to be seen?

Where could he be, he wasn’t on that train or the next train. Was he at another station. I called family, station masters, the city hall, hospitals, we couldn’t find him anywhere.

The city hall had advised there was a man who collapsed, who was taken to the hospital.

I then contacted the hospital again, yet, nobody had been admitted by that name.

I felt guilty, afraid; scared I wasn’t prepared for needing protection, now?

In a few hours I got a call from the hospital. My Loved One was never admitted, just in Emergency.

Remember you have shield, defense, guard to see this through!

Is Protection a strength of yours?- What else are your Strengths?

 This is part of the Top 20 Caregiver Strength Series

Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are Incredible