There's a lot for you to consider as a family caregiver to your elderly loved one. Sometimes it's difficult to get your loved one the help that you see her needing because she's not seeing things from the same perspective.
Talk to Her about Why You're Concerned
Sit down with your loved one and calmly explain what it is that has you most concerned. Bring facts to your loved one, but don't keep emotion totally out of the equation. Let your loved one know why you're worried about whatever has you concerned. If you're worried about her driving, for example, bring your issues to her and let her know straight up why you're worried.
Listen to Your Loved One's Concerns
A big part of sharing your concerns with your loved one is how well you're listening to your loved one in return. She may have concerns, as well, that are not the same as yours. In the driving example, her bigger worry may be that she'll be trapped at home and that everyone will forget about her. If you don't really listen to her as she talks to you, you might miss that concern.
Ask Her Doctor How Applicable Everyone's Concerns Really Are
Ultimately, it's not about whether you're right or your loved one is right. What really matters is that you're doing what's best for her. An impartial person who can help you determine that is your loved one's doctor. Take your concerns to her doctor and see what the official medical opinion is.
Do What You Can to Address Any Issues
Once you have a more objective idea about what your loved one and you are dealing with, you can start to formulate some solutions to the problems. Some might involve changes to your loved one's life, such as staying out of the driver's seat herself.
Consider In-home Care Providers for Extra Help
Having home care providers can help your loved one adjust to her new situations when changes need to be made. In the driving example, elderly care providers can do the driving for your loved one, leaving her to enjoy the journey without fearing that anything will happen.
The more information you gather, the better you'll be able to help your loved one. This is an ongoing process, too, so make it a regular habit.
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