May is the month for celebrating two of the most undervalued providers of in-home care-moms and nurses. They spend time walking, standing, lifting and bending for long periods of time each and every day. They are continually in contact with hazardous as well as not so pleasant substances, yet both moms and nurses magically manage these unpleasant encounters with a smile in their heart and a look of “it’s going to be okay” on their faces.
The reality of it is, the moms and nurses who provide in-home health care are unsung heroes. Caregiving is a full-time, round-the-clock position that requires real-time decisions, without the luxury of asking several other people for advice. Caregivers often sacrifice their needs to provide the needs of others, yet it is an extremely rewarding position to be in. Whether you are providing in-home health care as a nurse, or a mom providing home care to your loved one, May is the month for you to be recognized and celebrated, and we thank you!
Wearing Many Hats
In order to understand the nurses who provide in-home health care and caregiving moms, it’s important to understand the different hats they may wear on any given day. On the average, about 75% of all in-home care providers are women and the average family caregiver spends as much as 80 hours a week providing continuous care to their loved one. Nurses who provide in-home care often spend an average of 40 hours each week with patients. During these long hours, moms and nurses wear a wide range of hats, many of which were earned through self-taught experiences, including:
- Nurse (moms who aren't actually nurses, but often have to do many of the things that nurses do)
- Safety guard
Each one of these roles is important, and they all require different strengths and skills. Moms and nurses everywhere have adapted to doing these roles without the guidance and advice of a “professional”. As caregivers, these roles come naturally.
Understanding Mom’s “Job” Duties as a Caregiver
Moms who provide in-home care to a sick and/or disabled child are often quickly thrown into several roles that are outside of their “mom” duties. Caregiving moms are suddenly forced to learn medical terms and complicated diagnoses, prescription side effects, how to safely give prescription drugs and how to advocate for their sick, young and/or non-verbal child. Being a mom is a tough job, being a mom to an ill or disabled child quadruples the stress, grief and exhaustion that all moms feel. If you are a family member or friend to a caregiving mom, remember that their duties deserve recognition year-round and sometimes just being a shoulder to lean in is the most valuable gift you can give on this and every Mother’s Day.
Although nurses week and Mother’s Day have passed, it is essential that these in-home caregiving are celebrated and appreciated even after the “calendar” days of recognizing them. It is important to understand that there are providers available to help moms who provide in-home care as well as nurses that are happy to help provide in-home health care for your mom (or dad). If you are overwhelmed with being the caregiver, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more information about the various in-home care options we have available. It is critical for caregivers to take of themselves as well; the healthier you are, the better you can care for your loved one.