Caregiving duties can be stressful. While many caregivers flourish despite their stress levels, some can get carried away by their own emotions. When emotions are running high, caregivers may make incorrect assumptions. Here are five assumptions caregivers should never make.
1. You Know What Your Senior Loved One Wants
Many caregivers view themselves as experts on their aging loved one’s preferences. While you may have your loved one’s best interests at heart, you should always question whether you’re acting in accordance with his or her values or with your own. When you’re rushed for time or overworked, it’s easy to make important decisions without consulting your loved one. If you’ve developed this habit, have a long conversation with your loved one about his or her own goals and desires. While conditions like Alzheimer’s can make it difficult to voice an opinion, give your loved one time to express him or herself when possible.
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2. You Can Do It All
Caregivers aren’t superheroes, and they may not be able to tackle all of the work that comes with caregiving. For many caregivers, anything less than perfect is failure. Instead of assuming you can do everything yourself, strike a balance. Through a process of trial and error, discover how much you can handle and delegate the additional responsibilities to family members and in-home caregivers. Establishing the perfect work/life balance is the opposite of failure.
Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Folsom families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.
3. Situations Can Be Solved with All-or-Nothing Thinking
In times of stress, it can be easy to resort to black and white thinking. When caregivers think of everything in black and white terms, they often end up believing every solution that falls short of perfect looks like a failure. Black and white thinking is usually a sign of feeling powerless or frustrated, and it could prevent you from using your problem-solving skills.
4. Circumstances Are Worse Than They Seem to Be
When confronted with unexpected events, caregivers may become emotional. It can be challenging to keep cool when your loved one’s health is on the line, but you should try to avoid catastrophic thinking. If you’re unable to assess situations with a clear mind, you may be experiencing caregiver burnout. Catastrophic thinking is a sign you should take a step back and reconsider your caregiving duties.
5. Everything Is Your Fault
After weeks, months, or years of providing care for a senior loved one, many caregivers blame themselves when something goes wrong or their loved one expresses negative emotions. While it’s understandable why you personalize the situation, don’t assume every negative event is somehow your responsibility. If your parent has Alzheimer’s and becomes anxious, this is a symptom of the condition and not your fault.
Consider hiring a professional caregiver if you need help with your caregiving duties. Folsom senior care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your senior loved one, call Home Care Assistance at 916.226.3737 today.