Holidays Increase Caregiving Challenges
by Lori – La Bey of Senior Lifestyle Trends
Caregiving is challenging no matter what side of Care you are on – Giving or Receiving.
I learned early on as a Caregiver when I perceived my role as a “Fix It Person,” my To Do list became a competitive game with a Win/Lose outcome, driven by my need to control things.
Today I approach my Caregiving with flexibility. I assess three things before I proceed with any task. Those three things are: Is the person I am providing care to: 1) Safe, 2) Pain-free, and 3) Happy. If so, I move forward as planned. If not, I make adjustments so I can say “yes” to those three items. Then I review my checklist knowing it is ok to reprioritize. I accept some things may not get completed how, when, or where I thought they would. I have found these three words help me stay focused on what’s truly important. It’s not about me feeling in control. It’s about Good Care. Funny thing is, when I am more flexible in my Caregiving Role, I am less stressed and feel more in control.
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