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.
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 of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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