If you only had one goal as your senior’s caregiver, it would probably be to keep her as healthy as possible for as long as possible. That’s why it feels so terrible when her health takes a turn for the worse.
Talk to Your Senior’s Doctor
Any time there’s an issue with your elderly family member’s health, your first stop needs to be her doctor. You can get general information elsewhere, but you need to know exactly what’s going on with your senior’s health right now and in the immediate future. When you’ve got more information, you can make better decisions.
Keep Yourself Grounded
When your senior’s health is spiraling, it’s easy to feel as if everything around you is out of control. Do what you can to keep yourself grounded. This includes taking time away from caregiving and allowing yourself to relax more than you are now. You could be pushing yourself all day, every day, but that’s not going to help you or your aging adult as much as you want it to. Seek out help from home care services providers to give you a respite care break.
Figure out How Much to Share with Other Family Members
Privacy can be a huge factor for your senior as her health declines. She might not want certain family members to know what’s going on, but be fine sharing everything with other family members. It’s important to know what your elderly family member wants before you start sharing too much or too little with other people in your senior’s life.
Some Aspects of Worsening Health Make the Entire Situation Worse
Worsening health means that so much is changing for your senior. She may be in a great deal of pain or she might be dealing with new side effects from medication or treatments. Her reactions to these realities might be very different from what you might have expected. In some situations, she might lash out at you, making everything feel much more awful than it was.
There’s a Lot that You Can’t Control
When you’re a caregiver, there’s so much that you want to do for your senior. But there’s so much of her health changes that you absolutely cannot do much about at all, much less control. Learn what you can control or adjust and what you can’t. Then let go of what you’re not able to change because putting your focus there is not going to be in your best interest.
Keeping your elderly family member as healthy as possible is a big goal for a caregiver. There’s so much working against you, though. Do what you can and remember to take care of yourself in all of this. Home care services providers can step in while you allow time for yourself.
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