Family Caregivers, We Want to Support You!

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It’s easy for family members to realize that they’ve sacrificed most of their own wants and needs to prioritize caring for a family member. It may seem normal, then, to presume that caregivers would feel good about themselves, with high self-esteem and sense of purpose.

On the contrary, family caregivers can often experience caregiver guilt and wish they had more patience, an answer for all of their loved one’s problems, or the capability to take care of everything by themselves without the need for help. They may have set unachievable and impractical goals, which can lead to:

• Feeling trapped

• Bitterness

• The urge to give up

• Feeling inadequate

• High stress levels

• Feeling unfulfilled in life

• Missing out on good quality time with a senior loved one

• And much more

If you’re a family caregiver experiencing the woes of caregiver guilt, taking these actions can be incredibly freeing:

1. Be honest with yourself about your feelings and what’s causing them; for instance, “I am feeling guilty because I was impatient with Dad’s repeated questions.”

2. Stay grounded and know that family caregiving is full of challenges by nature. We all are human.

3. Avoid “should have” statements, and use a more encouraging disposition like, “It is difficult to answer the exact same questions repeatedly, and I am doing the best that I am able to.”

4. Keep a positive outlook. Remind yourself of the joke you told that made Dad chuckle this morning, or how much they loved the breakfast you prepared.

5. Make time for restful, pleasurable, and gratifying activities: engaging in favorite hobbies and interests, journaling, socializing with friends, family and pets, etc.

6. Adhere to a healthier lifestyle which includes nutritious foods, aiming for 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night, working out, giving up smoking and limiting alcohol consumption.

7. Find a network of support. To be the best family caregiver you can be requires ongoing, scheduled breaks from care to take care of yourself.

Reach out to Dakota Home Care online or at (877) 691-0015 for top-rated senior care in Bismarck, Lincoln, Mandan, Fargo, West Fargo, and the surrounding communities that allows family caregivers time to de-stress and unwind, an important aspect of effective elder care. We’re available according to your preferred schedule and routine, with as much or as little care as needed, up through 24/7 care. Keep in mind that taking the best care of yourself allows you to provide the best care for the senior you love, and we are always here to help!

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