Sometimes after interacting with staff at Patti’s 24/7 care facility I walk away amazed at the sheer numbers and shifts of fresh people that “replace” what I did as one person on a daily basis, day in – day out, 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.
Their definition of ‘caregiving’ is almost a different word. No spouse/caregiver, no home/caregiver, no home/carer I have ever known has ever used “shift”, or “day off”, or “off duty”, or “team” in conversation.
Thinking back I am only now beginning to understand that medical professionals over the years may never have grasped the magnitude of what was involved at home. Their frame of reference is skewed by a ‘professional’ model with fresh shifts, multiple staff, equipment, etc. Because our ‘society’ licenses the professional model their frame of reference is only reinforced.
To the medical business, you at home are the 'amateur' caregiver, they on the other hand are 'trained professionals'. There are times these impressions could be significant enough to confuse communication. This is something to keep in mind.