It is a tremendous responsibility to provide care for an aging loved one. It’s important to recognize the need of care for the caregiver, too. This is an extremely stressful time in anyone’s life, and an appropriate amount of respite time away is necessary for regenerating energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in the caregiver. It often gives new perspectives and experiences to share when you come back together, as well.
Friends and other family members often want to help family caregivers but seldom know what to do. Caregivers should feel free to ask them to sit with the person receiving care for an hour or two so the caregiver can shop, do errands, or just be on their own for a time.
I know from experience that asking for help – and receiving it – renewed my energy and my attitude when I was caring for my husband. Those who help out will be happy, too, to feel needed and appreciated – an all-around win!
Learn more about guest blogger and senior writer Gloria VanDemmeltraadt.