National Caregiver's Day - The Life of a Hospice Aide
"The best classroom in the world is at the feet of the elderly." - Author Unknown
When I tell people what I do for a living I’m often met with sad faces, “bless your heart” or “I could never do that.” I’m a Hospice Aide for Hospice Care of South Carolina. For the nineteen years before I found this job, I had a desk job. I never had to lift, pull, go home sore, have unknown bruises or be so tired I went to bed without eating. Thank God I found something better than a desk job. I enjoyed life back then. But I didn’t know how much life I was missing. Every patient I’ve ever met has taught me something. For example; I didn’t know that if my ears were pierced I’d be married by now. That advice came from a sweet elderly woman who liked to comb my hair. In doing so she often dragged the comb over my ears. (she did the best she could). She also said I should never wear purple again. Purple is my Company’s color. I never said it wasn’t challenging at times.
While I chose the job, often people become caregivers when they least expect it. Those are usually the best caregivers I’ve ever seen. They may be caring for a sick family member or friend. It’s tiring. You’ll think you can’t go on. But you will. Because you cannot fail. God has trusted you for whatever reason. He thinks you have the energy, the skill, the time to see this through. And at the end of the day, like me, you will not ask for praise or rewards but peace of mind knowing that someone knew they mattered, that they were loved and were important. In giving of yourself you will find more happiness than you can imagine. You will be more thankful, more giving, more humble. Just more. Many blessings to all caregivers.