When caregiving is difficult, it can feel like a burden rather than a joy. No one enjoys being in a situation like that, and that goes for you as much as it does your elderly loved one. Even if your relationship with your loved one isn’t what you want it to be right now, there are things that you can do to help that caregiver relationship be so much more for both of you.
Get Support and Guidance When You Need It
As a family caregiver, you might feel all too often that you were thrown into the deep end of the pool without any water wings. The reality is that there is help and guidance out there, but you’ll have to find it for yourself. Start with your loved one’s doctor and from there move to home care agencies for the elderly in your area and support groups. You’ll be able to find the support that you need, even if you do feel a little bit alone at first.
Learn Everything You Can Regarding Your Loved One’s Health
When it comes to your elderly loved one’s health, the more that you can learn about her health conditions, the better prepared you’ll be for any situation. Situations that you find intimidating when you don’t understand your loved one’s health become situations that you can handle easily. This doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen without collecting as much knowledge as you can along the way. Again, start with your loved one’s doctor.
Take Frequent Breaks
You may think that it’s admirable to take as few breaks as possible because it shows how dedicated you are to your elderly loved one’s care. What that actually does, though, is wear you out and run you down. Taking frequent breaks allows you to recharge and to continue to come to your loved one’s care with a fresh perspective and a healthy spirit. You can’t care for your elderly loved one properly if you’re not first caring for yourself. It’s like pouring water into a glass from an empty pitcher.
Enjoy Every Moment
You never know how long you’ll have with anyone that you love, including your elderly loved one. It’s essential that you’re able to enjoy every moment that you spend caring for her, even the difficult moments. Having the help and support that you need, frequent breaks, and a solid knowledge base gives you the foundation that you need to be able to cherish every moment that you have with your loved one.
Having a wonderful care relationship with your elderly loved one doesn’t have to be difficult. Take a look at what you’re already doing and what you can tweak.