There are plenty of sayings about how life is unpredictable, how the only thing that people can count on are death and taxes, but when life does throw you curveballs, there are steps you can take to not just be more prepared for it, but to also help reduce stress and anxiety. For the family caregiver, especially somebody who has just started doing this for the first time, there are things he or she can do to help navigate these changes.
Understand what’s expected.
What does this elderly or disabled adult expect from you? Do they simply need a little bit of assistance getting out of bed in the morning? Are they going to need a ride to a doctor’s appointment, to the store, and maybe even to visit with friends every once in a while? Will they require assistance to do exercises to regain strength, recover from a hospitalization, or to keep them company?
The more you know about what expectations there are, you’ll be in a better position to determine whether this is actually something you can do and, possibly even more important than that, if it’s something you want to do.
No one should feel obligated to look after family or friends.
A lot of people think it’s their responsibility to take care of an aging parent, for example. If they live close enough, even in the same town, that is certainly an assumption to make, but nobody is responsible for the care and well-being of any other adult, spouse or otherwise.
Be honest with yourself. If you know you simply don’t have time, are not going to be a quality caregiver, or this situation could negatively impact your relationship with this person, let them know your concerns.
Understand your limitations.
If a person doesn’t know their own limitations and pushes themselves way beyond what they can handle, it’s going to lead to a tremendous amount of stress, pressure, and even anxiety. It can even affect their health negatively as they grab fast food frequently, don’t get proper exercise, and have difficulty sleeping throughout the night.
It’s a good idea to speak to others who have gone through this very situation to find out what to expect. The only way to positively navigate a new life like that of being a family caregiver is to speak to others, learn from them, learn from their mistakes, and try to avoid making the same ones yourself.
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A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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