I always believe in giving credit where credit is due, however, the men in the caregiving space are often forgotten. But we will forget no more, RIGHT?
Around the globe, men take on the role of caregivers every single day. It is a stereotype to believe the only valuable and capable caregiver is of the female gender. According to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), there are more than 54 million Americans who are male that provided care for a family member or friend in past years.
While their ways of doing things may be different, the goal is always to get the job done in a safe and respectful way. No different from the expectation of female caregivers. The definition of the caregiver is gender neutral. Let us consider its definition..providing emotional, physical, and mental support to someone in need. Sounds to me, like a caring man can do this, and to some degree better than a female, especially the physical part, due to the strength factor. Those of us who understand the journey must make it easier for male caregivers to ask for help, and be a resource whenever we can.
Let me just say, this is not a debate, it’s a salute to the forgotten men in the caregiving space. The role can take the same toll on them, as women, including social isolation. They may not ask questions for fear of feeling unwise or even lacking knowledge elements. What caregiving presents sometimes, catch us all off guard, and yes we have gotten it wrong, taken a drink, screamed and yelled, and walked away.
As their willingness becomes front and center in the caregiving space, let’s remember, their role is as important as all caregiver roles. As Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate, cheers to the male caregivers, everywhere. We salute you! Be safe! Be well!