Newer caregivers don’t have the experience yet that can help them to understand what happens next in their caregiving journey. Developing an understanding of what you can expect can help you to plan and to prioritize in a way that serves both you and your aging adult.
It’s Easier than Ever to Experience Burnout.
You might think that burnout happens more readily when you’ve been at this caregiver experience for years and years. In reality, for some caregivers it’s much more likely that they’ll experience burnout quickly. The reason for this is that you’re more likely to throw yourself into this headlong without testing the waters first. You can get overwhelmed very quickly and it leads to situations you don’t expect.
This Situation May Last Longer than You Expect.
For many caregivers, the caregiving experience seems to have some sort of end point. That point may be vague, but there isn’t the sense that this is going to go on forever. Often that can help caregivers get through some bad days. The reality is that your elderly family member, even with a terminal disease, may live longer than either of you think that she will. That can leave you in a caregiving situation for years longer than you expect.
You’re Going to Experience Feelings You Don’t Like.
Caregiving can be a sacred experience because you’re there with your elderly family member and helping her to transition from one plane of existence to another. But it doesn’t always feel sacred. Sometimes caregiving is frustrating or it makes you angry. Those are emotions you might not feel are appropriate, even though they’re part of the situation.
There’s a Lot of Balance Involved in Caregiving.
You’re going to be spending a great deal of your time as a caregiver balancing the various aspects of your life. Some days that is going to feel like an easier feat than it will on other days. You’re going to need to remind yourself to do the best that you can to hit all your marks. It’s not about doing everything all the time, either. It’s more about doing what you can when you can.
There’s a lot that you need to learn as a caregiver, so give yourself the time that you need. It’s less important that you do things perfectly as it is that you’re there for your aging family member. In the end, that’s what really matters.
If you or someone you know needs caregiver services in Rochester, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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