Have you ever found that one of the most helpful resources you have as a Family Caregiver can also be one of your biggest obstacles? Having helpful family members who are willing to assist you in fulfilling your Family Caregiving tasks is one of your biggest assets. However, there are times when issues emerge that cause stress on both family members and the senior loved one who is receiving care.
Though it is not inevitable, it is likely that family members will have disagreements regarding the care of an older family member. By working together, there are ways to work through the difficulties of providing care for an older family member and prevent confrontations and arguments from happening altogether.
How to Overcome Family Disagreements
Meet with Family Members on a Regular Basis – Your goal in regular family meetings is to have a place where your family members can constructively make decisions, ask questions, monitor your loved ones’ progress and determine schedules. Meetings are a great way to show each other support and work out any disagreements in a structured setting. This also provides a place where everyone can feel involved in your loved one’s care.
Share Responsibilities – It is not always feasible to evenly split the tasks and responsibilities of providing home health care to a loved one living at home. Everyone in your family has varying schedules and resources, so it is important to take everyone’s preferences into consideration when dividing up some of the responsibilities. Ask anyone in your family who is willing to aid in your loved one’s care what their strong suits are and what time best fits their schedule to be of assistance. By working together, you will be able to find a schedule that lets everyone help, in ways that are convenient and most helpful based on their abilities and schedules.
Ask For Help In Time of Stress – As the primary Family Caregiver, you are at the center of your senior loved one’s care schedule. However, that doesn’t mean you must handle situations and tasks all on your own. Discuss with your family members if you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. It will help not only relieve tension, but it is the quickest way to finding a solution to alleviate those feelings.
Family Caregivers who do not ask for help often find themselves with “caregiver burnout” a term health care providers use when a person’s mental and physical health suffers due to stress caused by providing care for others and not for themselves.
Another good reason to be vocal about your journey as a Family Caregiver is to give family members an idea of what you do. There’s a good chance they may not understand all of the responsibilities that go along with being a caregiver. Lastly, when asking for help from family members, be conscious of their schedules and let them know that any help they can offer is appreciated.
Family members are your number one source of support and the team at Freudenthal Home Health in St. Joseph, MO can also be right there beside you, providing a full array of private duty in-home services as well as skilled home health services. We would love to support you, so contact us today.