In the nursing or caregiving world, more and more male nurses and caregivers are available. The advantage of women over men in the area of caregiving includes that motherly care and service that makes the client feel like being taken cared for by their own mothers or that they feel more secured and safe.
Women tend to do more than caring. We massage our client’s ailing bodies and provide many encouragements and listened to their stories. We wipe their tears, hug them and most of all we empathize more.
There are also many male nurses and caregivers who empathize well. But the brain of women are wired for mothering and to serve others. In the caregiving world, we prepare and cook their meals, sometimes we spoon fed our clients and are so patient to wait for them slowly chewing their food. We play with them and massaged their bodies to help them with their pain.
When moving the client from whellchair to their bed, it is recommended to have a male nurse/caregiver do this task in the absence of a hoyer lift. Both sexes must be caring and compassionate and must have a sense of humor to amuse their clients. Yesterday, when I visited a friend’s care home, I danced in front of the senior clients to provide amusement. They clapped and together we sung , dance and clapped our hands.
It is in the company of male or female caregivers, that our ailing older generations who are home bound with chronic disease, find less anxiety and more peace as their families are busy working or are many miles away to be beside them caring for them.