When a person takes on the role of caregiver, they do so because they want to ensure their loved one has the best possible quality of life. Yet, the same personality characteristics that make a person a compassionate caregiver can also make them harder on themselves when things do not go exactly as planned. While everyone strives for perfection, it is important to understand that the mistakes will be made by most caregivers at some point. Home Care Assistance of Lincoln presents the most common new caregiver mistakes and how they can be turned into a learning opportunity to enhance care techniques.
Trying to Do It All
New family caregivers tend to jump into their role and instantly begin to shape their lives around providing care to their loved one. However, this often means that they overlook other family members and friends who can help with specific aspects of the patient’s care. Over time, trying to do too much can lead to burnout and leave other members of the family feeling left out.
Forgetting a Medical Appointment
Conscientious people abhor showing up late to an appointment or worse – missing them entirely. Yet, trying to juggle a patient’s medical appointments along with one’s other responsibilities can sometimes lead to confusion. Early on, establish a scheduling system with calendars or smartphone alerts that can send a reminder the day before an upcoming appointment.
Expressing an Emotional Outburst
Caregivers rarely want to admit it, but it happens. At some point, frustration can overcome a person and cause them to lose control over their emotions. Whether this involves a verbal altercation with another family member or a few minutes spent sobbing alone, it is important to know that this is normal and that emotional outbursts signal that it is time to take a break.
Overlooking the Need for Respite
Every caregiver wants to believe that they are infallible, yet the daily responsibilities of providing care to another person can cause stress to build up over time. Experienced caregivers understand that their loved one will benefit from a well-rested and healthy family member who can withstand sudden changes in the routine. For this reason, professional Lincoln hourly care for respite should be established as soon as possible so that caregivers can benefit from having assistance with their duties on an ongoing basis.
If you are caring for an aging parent or loved one, know that you are not alone. Home Care Assistance of Lincoln is here to help. We offer hourly, overnight and live-in care, as well as specialty stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Lincoln. Simply dial 402-261-5158 to speak with a devoted Care Manager and schedule a complimentary, obligation consultation.