No one is born just knowing how to be a family caregiver. There’s a lot going on with that sort of responsibility, so it helps to have some guidelines or a framework that you can use to get ahead of the game.
Stop Worrying as Much
When you’re just getting used to these new responsibilities you’re facing, it’s so difficult to know what is something you need to really be concerned about and what’s a true worry. But the truth of the matter is that as long as you and your aging adult are doing well and what’s right for both of you right then, you’re most likely fine. Cut yourself some slack.
This Is Going to Be Emotional
You are going to get blindsided occasionally by feelings you don’t expect. This is a normal part of caregiving and it’s going to take you some time to sort through. Don’t just bottle up your feelings. Let yourself feel them and move through them.
Set Healthy Boundaries for Yourself
Boundaries are something that most people don’t think much about unless they start to realize that they don’t have great ones. Setting healthy boundaries means that you know what your limitations are and that your senior’s life is her own and yours is your own. That doesn’t mean you’re not there to help, it just means that you’re not taking everything on as your own burden to bear.
You Can’t Let Your Life Fall Apart
Too many caregivers let their own lives fall completely by the wayside. You can’t do this. You have to keep your own life together and make the decisions you need to make about what’s happening for you. Your life doesn’t just stop because you’re taking care of your aging adult.
Don’t Do This Completely Alone
One of the biggest lessons that new family caregivers need to learn is that they don’t have to do everything by themselves. The sooner you learn to access resources for help, the better for you and your aging adult. Hire home care providers to handle extra tasks, to give you time away, and basically to make your life easier.
Caregiving is intense and rewarding, but it doesn’t have to be everything in your life. Give yourself the time and space you need to be your own person while still being there for your aging adult. This benefits both of you in the long run.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Norwood MA, or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at CARE Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.
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