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Are There Easy Ways to Battle Caregiver Guilt?

Caregiver in Monticello FL

Caregiver guilt can crop up when you least expect it. The key to getting rid of it is to face it head on.Caregiver-in-Monticello-FL

 

Recognize Your Feelings of Guilt for What They Are

Often family caregivers want to label guilt as something else so that they don’t have to acknowledge that they’re actually dealing with guilt. Stop denying your feelings. Acknowledge that you’re feeling guilty, even if it’s over something small, so that you can work through the feelings and set them aside for good.

 

Look at Your Family Dynamics

Your family dynamics can play a huge part in how likely you’ll be to start feeling guilt as a family caregiver. If you’ve always been the one to take on too much or to help out, you’re more likely to feel guilty if you’re not able to pitch in the way that you want to. It’s important to pay attention to how those old dynamics may be playing into what you’re feeling now.

 

Appreciate Yourself, Even if Others Don’t

Many family caregivers find that they give and give, not only to their elderly loved ones but to other family members as well, and their efforts aren’t recognized. It’s tempting to allow that to batter your self-esteem, but you can’t allow that. When you’re a family caregiver, you’re doing one heck of a job, so tell yourself that. Look yourself in the eye every day and tell yourself, “Thank you for all that you’re doing.”

 

Own Your Feelings and Don’t Suppress Them

When you realize that you’re starting to feel guilt, or any other strong emotions, don’t ignore them. Shoving your feelings aside or ignoring them only causes them to get louder. The quickest way to deal with your emotions is to acknowledge them by name and to examine them. Once you do that, they lose their power to derail you.

 

Care for Yourself

You may feel that you’re just too busy to take care of yourself the same way that you always have. That can be true in some respects, but if you’re not taking care of you, who will? You absolutely must make self-care your first priority. Only then will you be able to be a better family caregiver for your elderly loved one.

If you’re feeling caregiver guilt, give yourself the time and the space that you need to deal with your feelings appropriately. That can even mean hiring elder care providers to give you some space.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.