08 November 2010
Living The Life You Want Through Live-in Care
I have it all planned out. When I’m old and grey and my youth is far behind me (in body if not in spirit) i intend to spend my days either holding up play on the golf course, reading in a sunny patch in the garden or spending time with friends and family. I don’t want much, health, happiness, laughter, companionship. I expect all these things.
Until recently it never crossed my mind that the life i imagined could turn out any differently.
What if i wont be able to play my beloved golf anymore, or see well enough to read, what if i don’t have family or friends around me when i want them or need them to be?
If i start to dwell on all the different scenarios, it can become quite upsetting and until recently i would try and think of something else (change the subject for want of a better phrase). Over the last few months my outlook on getting older has changed quite dramatically. I know now that if i don’t end up doing what I’m planning to do (terrorising other golfers), there are many many options available to still enable me to enjoy my life to the fullest.
Unfortunately for a huge amount of people, what until recently i considered my worst nightmare, is an everyday reality and they cant simply turn their thoughts to something more pleasant.
Many, many people have mobility issues, not being able to venture out from their own homes, they might not be able to read their favourite newspapers or books, they may feel isolated without friends or family nearby who they can lean on and receive companionship and support from. They have to cope by themselves to the best of their ability on a daily basis.
This is why having someone in your life when you are finding things just that little bit tougher to handle, who can offer you support, companionship and aid when you most need it is so very important. This person is commonly called a carer. Carers come in all shapes and sizes, creeds and nationalities and they are some of the most amazing people that you could ever hope to meet.
I have the privilege to work with some of these amazing people and my eyes have really and truly been opened to the world of care. They care not just for elderly people suffering from the effects of time, but people with disabilities and illness too.
If ever i find myself in the position of needing care, i will not be depressed and feel that my independence has been taken away. Rather i will embrace the fact that i have someone assisting me to do all the things that i love to do, and very importantly the person aiding me will be there because they want to help me do the things that make me happy and improve the quality of my life.