Caregiver Corner - Katie

In connection with my work, I often meet people who, for various reasons, need help to cope on a daily basis. Some people are nearing the end of their life, some are no longer fully functioning, others need communication and support to recover from their disease.

Katie, an Elunow caregiver, discusses how we can support those who need it as a society.

I believe that the only real value in our society is the human being - every human being. We are all bound by both family and social ties, we are not meant to roam around as a single wolf, we are co-creators. Only through joint activities and mutual help will we be able to develop and keep society together. At the same time, as a society, we mainly value those who are strong and who could benefit more, thus taking the first step against human values.

Health concerns and accidents often come unexpectedly, but they can take a long time to shape our lives. 

I have been a caregiver for almost a year and have listened to many stories of those in need. It is clear that each person themselves is primarily responsible for his/her own health and well-being, and their family has a supporting role. Today, however, family members often live separately from each other, which makes it more difficult to help. Unfortunately, most people in need feel alone with their worries. The family members of those in need are in a difficult situation, unable to go to work due to the heavy care burden, often their own lives and activities are neglected and there is a risk of burnout.

One of the roles of the state is to support people through various measures, if necessary. However, in supporting people, the state or local government could be guided by the needs of each person, rather than writing general laws that can be interpreted in ten different ways. If a woman who has contributed her whole life to her family, giving birth and raising children, as well as society through work and wants to spend her last days at home, then why don't our laws allow it? Is it really from the moment a person no longer benefits society enough that he or she belongs in the trash of society?

If the family is far away, one alternative is Elunow, a private care provider whose heart is to bring those in need and carers together.

Often a person does not need 24/7 help, it is enough for the caregiver to go once a day and see if the medicine has been taken and food eaten, the room is in order and have some social interaction. Even such a small amount of help helps to prevent a person from becoming too weak and losing his or her sociality and will to live.
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