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Are You Trying to Be a Perfect Family Caregiver?

Caregiver in Perry FL

If you went into caregiving with the expectation that you’d be able to be the perfect family caregiver, you might want to adjust your expectations.Caregiver-in-Perry-FL

You’re Going to Experience Unpleasant Emotions

You might not be prepared for some of the more unpleasant emotions you’re likely to experience. Anger, resentment, loneliness, and others are all a part of the emotional spectrum you’re going to run through. You’ll experience the happy end of the spectrum, too, but caregiving is going to throw a lot at you. It’s going to take you time to learn how to wrangle those emotions and keep them from getting the best of you.

You’re Going to Run into Limitations

Every family caregiver runs into limitations at some point, even the ones who are shooting for perfection. You’ll run out of time, money, energy, or other resources. You might find that your loved one’s health conditions provide limitations of their own. There’s no way to avoid all of the limitations that you’ll face, unfortunately. What you’ll need to do instead is to learn how to work around them and make the best of the situation, even if it’s not perfect.

You’re Going to Become Frustrated

Whether it’s with the situation, with yourself, or even with your elderly loved one, you’re going to experience frustration. Many caregivers feel that they shouldn’t ever experience frustration, because they’re trying to do the best that they can for their elderly loved one. That’s exactly why you’ll get frustrated. Even when you’re doing the best that you can, you’re going to want to do better. Take little steps every day to make the situation better rather than expecting perfection overnight.

You’re Going to Need Help

No one can do everything alone, and that goes for family caregivers, too. It doesn’t mean that you’re imperfect if you ask for help, it simply means that you’re realistic about the situation. You’ll need help from your loved one’s medical team, elderly care providers, other family members, and lots of other resources. Don’t feel less than when you need to ask for help because we all need help now and again.

Giving yourself permission to not be perfect allows you to experiment to find the right caregiving groove for you and your loved one. It also frees you up to enjoy the caregiving experience as much as possible.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Perry, 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.

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