Being your elderly loved one’s caregiver can mean that some aspects of your relationship change. One of the biggest changes can be how you speak to each other and interact. Some of those changes may take some getting used to on your part.
Listen to What She’s Saying without Breaking In
It’s tempting to let your loved one know that now that you’re her caregiver, you know what’s best for her and you’ll handle it without her input. But that’s overbearing and can create a lot of resentment for your loved one. Try really listening to what she’s telling you about how she feels. It’s important to try to listen between the lines, too, and notice what she’s not saying.
Avoid Giving Advice Unless She Asks for it
Just like your loved one doesn’t want to be dictated to, she may not be too receptive to advice that she didn’t ask for. It might be difficult, but you’ll have to hold off and wait for her to ask for advice before you simply hand it over. You can still be supportive, but advice has to bide its time.
Consider the Situation from Her Point of View
Chances are that your loved one had a hand at some point in raising you. As a result, it’s likely difficult for her to now accept that the situation has reversed and you’re not responsible for caring for her. It’s an odd situation for her to be in and it’s often difficult to accept that she’s starting to need help. If your loved one has always been extremely independent, this can be even harder for her.
Pick Your Battles with Your Loved One
There are going to be times when your loved one is going to cooperate with your suggestions and your help and then there are going to be times when your loved one is going to dig in her heels and resist. It’s going to become extremely important to be able to know when you can push your loved one and when you have to let it go.
If you and your loved one are having a difficult time communicating, bringing in a third party, like a counselor, can sometimes be a big help.
If You Or An Aging Loved One Are Considering Hiring Professional Caregivers in Lake Park, FL, Please Contact The Caring Staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at 561-829-3080 Today.
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