Often you become a caregiver to an aging family member who has dementia rather suddenly, which can leave you little time to think about what you’re getting into. But having a plan for your caregiving journey can help you to make the most of the time you have with your senior.
Caregiving Demands Will Increase
As your seniors needs and abilities change, you’re going to have more demands on your time and your energy as a caregiver. One of the best things that you can do is to put routines in place now that enable you to delegate some of the smaller tasks and obligations. This frees you up to be able to put your time and attention where it most needs to be, which is more efficient for you.
You’re Going to Feel an Array of Emotions
Watching your senior change and lose some of her abilities and skills is extremely difficult. At times it will seem to happen gradually, while other times may feel as if they blindside you with the suddenness of their arrival. You’re going to go through every emotion under the sun and it can take a toll on you. Make sure that you have people you can talk to and techniques that you can use in order to manage those emotions safely.
You Can Easily Become Isolated
Caring for an elderly family member who has dementia can quickly become a situation in which it’s just the two of you. That might feel cozy for a while and give you a bit of time in which you can cherish your relationship with your senior, but it’s ultimately dangerous for you because you’re isolating yourself. Find ways that you can reach out and stay connected with the people that you love and with your community.
You’re Going to Stretch Your Resources
Being a caregiver for an aging adult with dementia requires a multitude of resources. Do what you can now to find agencies, group, and other sources of help that can bolster your existing resources. When you really need them, you’ll be glad that you took the time to line them up.
Learn to put coping mechanisms and self-care in place now so that when caregiving becomes more difficult, you’re more prepared for what that can entail.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Whiting, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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