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Evaluating Your Emotional Limitations When It Comes to Being a Family Caregiver

By Michael Hagman, RN, BSN

Caregivers in Montana City MT

Being a family caregiver for your elderly loved one can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your life, but it can also be challenging and emotionally exhausting. Evaluating your emotional limitations prior to starting your care journey, or as soon as possible after it starts, is essential to making sure that your loved one gets the level of care that they need and deserve, and that your health and well-being are protected throughout your experience.

Some things to keep in mind when evaluating your emotional limitations when it comes to being a family caregiver include:

• Strain in your relationship. One of the most common emotional limitations in a caregiver journey is strain that exists within the relationship between the caregiver and the person receiving the care. If you already have difficulty with your parent or you have not been close for some time, it can be difficult to think about stepping in and caring for them. It is important that you carefully evaluate your parent’s need for care and your motivations so that you are able to overcome this strain and give your loved one the level of care and support that they need and deserve.

• Imbalance in responsibility with siblings. If you have siblings and they are not willing to help you care for your aging parent or your parent is critical about the way that you have chosen to care for them as opposed to how they feel that their other children might, it can leave you feeling frustrated, bitter, and even less willing to give your parent the care that they need. When this happens it is important to focus in on your relationship with your parent, not with your siblings, and remember that what matters is the efforts that you put forth for your loved one.

• Facing their challenges. One of the hardest things that you are likely to face in your caregiver journey with your aging parent is the challenges that they are facing that have led you to be in this care journey in the first place. They might be struggling with physical health problems, cognitive decline, or a combination of issues, and while you want to make sure that your senior gets all of the care that they need, you might not feel emotionally prepared to handle these challenges. This is especially true if you have to make major decisions regarding your parent’s health and care on your own. If you are feeling this way, it is critical that you seek out support and help. Feeling unwilling or unable to face the challenges that your senior is dealing with could lead to caregiver denial, a state in which you refuse to confront the issues and do not give your loved one the essential care that they need to manage their challenges. This can lead to them suffering far more serious health problems and you missing out on the opportunity to build treasured memories with them throughout their later phase in life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Montana City, MT, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (406) 438 - 2231.