Elderly care can be compared to a stage play
Excerpts from the reflections of Nikoniko caregivers
The Nikoniko client can be the main character (sometimes the sponsor) in play. The family is the semi-main character and sponsor. We, Nikoniko caregivers, are the director, assistant director, stylist, hairdresser, and cleaning staff of the production company; we play multiple roles. After all, we’re a jack-of-all-trades and a behind-the-scenes person.
Taking care of people at the care facility is like shooting in a prepared room set. The production team can control the scene, and the lead actor can make concessions to the limitations.
On the other hand, a home-visit setting is like shooting outdoors in the real world. Because it’s at home, we have to respect the client’s feelings and daily routines, and the main character will consequentially insist on their way to do things.
It would be great to go beyond our frame of reference, empathize with our clients, make them feel comfortable and happy in their own homes. Then they would shine as the stars of the show while we work as behind-the-scenes people.
It would be a great honor to be a caregiver if we could be the best backstage person. Would you agree?