Hello, I have and am a caregiver, and have been one for 8 years. As you know, along with the territory of care giving, there are families attached to those people. Lately, I am finding, that most families, really have no clue how to treat or talk to a caregiver, and there is not one specific rule. I feel that is because this (care giving), is not something that most families talk about, as it is or could be the one step away from death.
I am having issues with family members that let me know they want something one way, so I do it that way, then another family member comes in and says "why are you doing it that way", then I change, so then I try to get some chain of command, and basically in a nutshell, unless one person is running the situation, it becomes a communication nightmare.
I have found that in my care giving search for clients, the one's that work out the best are one's where there is one client, and one or two siblings or people. When there are large families, it becomes very convoluted.
Regardless, I am finding that if anyone has any ideas on how to solve the issue of one client with a family of 5 people giving you five different directions. Then of course you have the person that needs the care giving, and what about them.
Any comments would be great.
I love what I do, I cherish my families, and know that I have been very blessed to have the compassion to step by step, one by one, make a difference.
Thank you fellow care givers!!! Have a great delightful day.