If the standards that you’re trying to live by as a caregiver are too difficult for you to meet, you’re not going to achieve the success that you want to achieve. It’s much easier to be a caregiver when you’re setting goals and standards that you can actually meet.
Doing it All Alone
Many caregivers feel as if they have to do everything completely on their own. Perhaps this is accurate from the standpoint that you don’t have other family members who can help. But there may be other ways to get help that you’re overlooking in your frustration. You can break down larger tasks into smaller bits that you can delegate to others or hire home care providers.
Solving Every Single Problem
As much as you want to, you really can’t solve every single problem. Some problems, such as chronic health problems that your senior faces, are ones that really don’t have a solution. Others are simply not something that you need to worry about. As a caregiver, you need to learn when you are better served to let the search for a solution go.
Not Becoming Frustrated or Irritated
No matter how wonderful a caregiver you are, you’re going to get frustrated, irritated, and even angry from time to time. Sometimes you’ll experience those emotions regarding a situation or around bureaucratic red tape. But other times, you’ll actually feel that way about your senior. And that’s okay.
Always Having the Exact Right Decision
You might believe that because you’re your senior’s family caregiver that means you have to have all the right answers and decisions all the time. But you’re going to make mistakes. You’re human and mistakes are just a part of the territory. You’re going to make the best decisions that you can possibly make with the information and the resources that you have. That’s honestly the most you should expect from yourself.
Always Putting Your Senior First
You might think that this is what you should be doing as a caregiver. But when you’re putting other people ahead of you consistently, that means you’re not taking the best care possibly of yourself. Obviously, in a crisis or emergency, your senior does come first. But in general, you need to take care of you before you can take care of others.
Holding yourself to reasonable standards helps you to do everything that you can for your aging adult without doing harm to you in the process. Hiring home care providers is just one simple step you can take that helps you to keep your perspective on what you can do on your own and where you need help.
If you or a loved one are considering Home Care Services in South Hills PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is currently a CPR/First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Allegheny County Respite Care Coalition, Gateway Health Plan, and the North Allegheny School District Elementary Advisory Council. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and Marshall Elementary Yearbook Committee.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more time on baseball and soccer fields than she does at home which helps her appreciate their family vacation time even more.
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