In the past, women were much more likely to act as family caregivers than men were. This is the traditional picture that we tend to have in mind, but this is the case less often now than ever before. More men are working as caregivers, both as unpaid family caregivers and as professionals. And while there are still more women in this field than men, the gap is closing a little bit more every day.
This is especially true of men who are reentering the workforce for whatever reason. Sometimes it’s because of a career change, sometimes it’s because they have been out of work for a while and are looking for a way to get back into it while doing something meaningful.
One of the big barriers that men face is when it comes to self-identity. Because caregiving is traditionally a field that women have entered, it can be hard for a man to do this. As cultural biases breakdown regarding who can do what in terms of a job, this is changing. In fact, some of the best caregivers out there are men who are passionate about helping others.
When it comes down to it, picking the right caregiver for your loved one’s unique set of needs is the most important thing. Male or female isn’t the most important thing, it’s compassion and ability. When you look at a list of caregivers and services online, it’s hard to get a good idea of what that person is really like. It’s really easy to make yourself look one way in writing but not actually have those talents or skills in real life.
When you’re choosing a caregiver, you want to work with an individual that does have all of the right qualifications on paper, but also has the personality and compassion that is necessary to provide companionship and friendship in actual practice, too.
We’re here to help. If you are looking for in-home care for an older loved one, it’s important to start out with an expert, and that’s precisely what we are. Each one of our caregivers is professionally trained to provide expert care for the elderly, including specialized training to help address issues within senior care. Many of our caregivers specialize in things like helping those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, mobility issues, and heart disease.
But one of the things that we pride ourselves in is our ability to match families with just the right caregiver personality to help address the unique people that we work with. Whether that means sending a male caregiver instead of a female, or if it means picking a caregiver with similar hobbies as your parent, we do our best to choose the perfect personality to work with your loved one.
Give us a call today to see how Paradise In-Home Care can help you out. Even if we are not the right service for you, we can help you to learn more about what to look for in a caregiver and point you toward the resources that will be the most helpful.