Elderly Care in Glendale AZ
The feeling of overwhelm is not an unusual one for family caregivers. There’s so much to do when caring for an elderly loved one and at times it can seem as though it’s all crashing down on you at once. Having a system in place to deal with overwhelm can help you to recover from it more quickly.
Get Real about Your Situation
Sometimes you can be overwhelmed because of problems or situations that you imagine are bigger than they truly are. When you’re emotionally invested, this can be a bigger problem. So sit down and take a look at the problems that are overwhelming you. Get real about which ones really are a problem and which are maybe a little bit exaggerated due to your proximity to the situation. When you have a good handle on this part of the equation, you can formulate solutions more readily.
Deal with One Issue at a Time
Instead of trying to handle everything all at once, deal with each issue individually. If you can delegate parts of the solution to others, that’s even better for everyone involved. You may still find yourself trying to triage everything since that’s been your habit for so long. Stop yourself, take a deep breath, and deal with only the most pressing issue before dealing with another.
Accept Whatever You Cannot Change
Some problems or issues are something that you cannot solve or change at all. In those cases, you have to learn how to just let them go. You cannot force a solution to a situation that cannot be resolved. Find a way to reconcile that within yourself, but know that continuing to tackle the problem won’t solve something that can’t be solved.
Find Someone to Talk To
When feelings of overwhelm strike, it’s important to have a support system of people and entities in your life who can help. Whether those people are friends, relatives, or even professionals, you need to have that support network. Some ideas for setting up your own support network include:
- Friends who understand caregiving and its demands
- Other family members who help out
- Therapists or counselors
- Employee assistance programs through your company
- In-person support groups
- Online support groups
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a step back as a caregiver. Rely on other family members and your loved one’s elderly care providers to take the lead while you recover.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Glendale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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