Setting boundaries as a family caregiver can be difficult at first, but it’s necessary. Taking this essential step helps you to be a strong caregiver while also having time and space for yourself and the other aspects of your own life.
Arm Yourself with as Much Information as Possible
The more that you know about caregiving and about your elderly loved one’s health, the better you can make decisions. You can also make those decisions more quickly and with greater accuracy. Talk with her doctor, read as much as you can, and consider joining a support group. All of these will help you to build your wealth of knowledge as you go.
Practice Patience Often
Patience is essential for family caregivers. You’ll need to be patient with your elderly loved one, with her medical team, and with yourself. There are a lot of situations that will try your patience, but you have to hold onto it with both hands. Losing your patience won’t solve anything and it will actually make most situations much worse.
Look for Cues from Your Loved One
Your loved one may not always be able to tell you everything that you need to know about what’s going on with her. In order to get the fullest picture possible, you’ll need to pay attention to what she’s saying and to what she’s not saying. Missing these non-verbal cues may put you into a situation in which you miss something big that you could have handled better as a smaller issue.
Be Responsive to Your Loved One, but Not Too Responsive
As a family caregiver, it’s important that you’re able to respond to your elderly loved one’s needs. The problem can be that if you’re too responsive, that can train your loved one and other people in your life that you’ll drop everything any time that they need something. That leaves you in a position of being at everyone else’s beck and call, which is a tight spot to be in.
If you’re still having trouble setting boundaries, talk to a therapist or a counselor that you trust. They can help you to sort through how to manage priorities in your individual situation.
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