The Benefits of Being a Comfort Keeper
Those who care for others find that they enjoy many positive effects from being a caregiver. Everyone loves the feeling of serving another person in need, especially when the person receiving care is as appreciative and thankful as the seniors we serve at Comfort Keepers. Caring for a person is one of the highest callings that we can fulfill.
The benefits of Comfort Keepers care to those we serve is immense. Seniors enjoy independence in their own home, assistance with mobility, and the help around the house they need. Most importantly, their quality of life is increased through the special bond of companionship that is formed between a senior and their Comfort Keeper. This is a bond that will benefit each caregiver as well.
Friendship with a person of an older generation can be tremendously fulfilling as each person shares their thoughts and memories. We sometimes forget the vast wisdom and experience that seniors have to share with us. Every bond of friendship is special, but the relationship between a senior and their Comfort Keeper is one-of-a-kind.
Caregiving provides one with a significant feeling of worth. In this world where we see tragedy in the news each day, you know that you are making a difference in the life of your care receiver and their family. Knowing that you are vital to another person’s quality of life actually helps to increase your own sense of well-being as well. Comfort Keepers wake up each morning knowing that they have something important to do with their day.
A Boston University study demonstrates that the emotional and spiritual benefits of caregiving can even increase your memory, level of mobility, and longevity. The task of caring for others have beneficial effects on your overall quality of life and health. Even the exercise that one gets performing the tasks required by their care receiver increases physical health.
The greatest gain of being a Comfort Keeper is impossible to quantify. It is in the smile of a client when you walk in the door. It is in a conversation about past events that occurred before you were born. It is in the feeling that washes over you when you know you have a purpose, that you are essential to someone’s life. When you give compassion and respect to a person in your care, that love is returned to you.
Few careers enable you to change the world, if only for one person at a time. When you choose to be a Comfort Keeper, you will gain great satisfaction from your work. At the end of each shift, you will happily look back over your day and be glad that you were there to make a difference in someone’s life.