So many caregivers find that more than one of their aging relatives need help and they’re the one who has to step in. But is it really possible for you to be a caregiver for more than one aging family member? If you’re taking care of yourself and addressing situations as they arise, it’s definitely possible.
You Are Going to Feel Lost From Time to Time
It doesn’t matter if you’re helping one senior family member or several, there are going to be times when you feel as if you don’t know quite what to do. There might be a lot that you need to learn about a variety of health conditions and medications, or you might find yourself thwarted by a stubborn senior. Regardless of what the obstacle is, there are going to be times in which you feel a little bit lost and that’s okay. You’ll find your way again.
Pay Attention to All Your Feelings
You’re going to experience some other feelings, too. Some of those emotions are not going to be pretty and they’re not going to make you feel very good. That’s actually very normal and if you ignore those feelings, they’re just going to get more complicated and painful. You owe it to everyone you’re caring for, including yourself, to do what you can to process your emotions in a healthy manner.
Keep the Lines of Communication Open
Communication is a massive part of continuing to help more than one aging family member at a time. You’ll need to communicate openly with other family members, with your seniors, and with anyone else who is helping you. This focus on communication helps to ensure that you and everyone else are all on the same page as much as possible.
Get as Much Help as You Can
One of the groups you’ll want to communicate with as much as you can is going to be home care providers. As much as you may want and expect other family members to pitch in and help, the reality is often very different from your expectations. Hiring home care providers allows you to have assistance for your seniors when they need it, not just when you’re able to be there. Help from senior care also allows you to take much-needed time away from caregiving so you can recharge.
Each of the aging adults you care for may need different degrees of assistance from you. Some may only need help temporarily. Regardless of what the demands and the dynamics are, make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Carlsbad, CA, or the San Diego and Surrounding Area, please contact the caring staff at GoldenCare today. Call us at 760-828-5201.
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