Lay Those Bad Feelings Down
It would take a saint not to feel some resentment when that significant other, mom, spouse or best friend is suddenly missing from your life. Now is not the time to wallow in resentment or frustration. Now is the time to put on your big girl or big boy pants and step up. Do what it takes to support the important person in your life. Be the cheerleader, the coach when approached, the back-up player whenever needed. Once you walk a mile in those moccasins you will have a lot more compassion for what your loved one is going through.
Where Can You Help and What Can You Do?
First realize that this is probably going to be a short season of life. Caring for an older loved one does not last forever. Life is full of changes and they will come. Secondly, look for the stressors your loved one has been facing as the primary caregiver. Usually they just need a little time off but everyone is different.
- Bring a meal over.
- Run to the store for needed items.
- Mom-sit or Dad-sit.
- Give that caregiver a full weekend off.
- Pay for a little in-home care.
- Take them to lunch and arrange for a temporary caregiver.
- Call them often but keep conversations short.
- Let them vent without trying to fix the problem.
- Let their other friends know they are needed.
- DO NOT STAY AWAY OR FAIL TO KEEP IN TOUCH!
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Caring for the Caregiver