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How Do You Cope with the Pain of Caregiving?

Caregiving can be extremely painful on multiple levels, but you’re more likely to be shocked by the emotional pain of caregiving. What matters the most is what you do to cope with the pain and the other feelings that you encounter during your time as a caregiver.

Caregiver in Oakland CA: Coping with the Emotional Pain of Caregiving

Caregiver in Oakland CA: Coping with the Emotional Pain of Caregiving

Sometimes Seniors Lash Out.

It’s tough to believe, especially when your senior is normally a kind and loving person, but sometimes people lash out. Your elderly family member may be frustrated and angry and that translates to emotions that have nowhere else to go. Because you’re there, you might just be the most convenient outlet for your senior. That doesn’t make her reactions okay, but it can help you to understand.

It’s Hard to Watch Your Senior’s Life Change.

On your part, it’s really difficult to be on the other side of the situation. Watching your senior’s life and her health change can take a lot out of you. As her caregiver, you want to help her in any way that you can and that includes taking care of health-related issues. But that doesn’t mean that you’re able to relieve everything for her.

Get as Much Information as You Can.

The more information that you have about what’s going on with your senior’s health, the better you’ll be able to help your senior to anticipate some of the issues she might encounter. You can find information in a variety of places, but some of the best places to learn as much as you can include your senior’s doctor, books about your senior’s health issues, and support groups.

Take Excellent Care of Yourself.

One of the best things that you can do for yourself when you’re experiencing negative aspects in caregiving is to take the best possible care of you that you can. Because it’s so stressful to be on the receiving end of your senior’s moods and to watch her managing health issues, you’re more likely to experience greater levels of stress. You need to ensure that you’re managing your stress as effectively as possible.

Sometimes people do and say things that they don’t mean to the people who are closest to them and who are doing the most for them. This doesn’t mean that you’re a terrible person or that you’re a bad caregiver. It just means that both you and your aging family member are hurting right now and you need to find ways to cope.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Oakland, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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