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How to Be More Resilient When Caring for a Loved One

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Family caregivers often face stressful situations that can take a toll on their emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. If caregivers don’t find ways to safeguard against these stressors, it can lead to caregiver burnout. By adopting the following strategies, family caregivers can become more resilient and keep burnout at bay.

Find People You Can Depend On

If you become isolated from your friends and family members, you’re likely to experience burnout. After a stressful day, make sure you have a friend you can call to cheer you up. It’s easier to bounce back if you surround yourself with positive people. In case you need help running errands, find family members you can turn to for assistance. Caregiving is easier if you have a support network willing to care for you and your senior loved one. Resilience doesn’t mean standing alone. It means knowing when to ask for help.

If you’re the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality senior care, Winnipeg Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.

Don’t Get Bogged Down by Things You Can’t Control

Many caregivers spend too much time worrying about things outside their control. When caring for your loved one, you may face stressful situations, difficult decisions, and emergencies. While it’s important to take action in these situations, it’s also essential to acknowledge your limits. You can’t control everything, and if a stressful situation doesn’t go according to plan, don’t waste time blaming yourself.

Develop a Problem-Solving Approach

When caring for older adults, it’s easy to get mired in a cycle self-criticism. If you spend too much time blaming yourself for your loved one’s latest trip to the emergency room, you’re wasting time that could be used for problem-solving. When faced with a caregiving crisis, take a proactive approach instead of being self-critical. Look for actionable solutions to issues. If you take a positive approach to caregiving, it may even filter down into other aspects of your life. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Winnipeg families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.

Take Care of Your Physical and Emotional Needs

If you want to be a resilient caregiver, you need to be physically and emotionally healthy. As a caregiver, your time is limited, but this doesn’t mean you can’t invest in basic self-care. Every day, you should remember to breathe, stay hydrated, sleep, get some exercise, and eat well. Consider taking a problem-solving approach to self-care. If you don’t have time to go to a yoga class, do five minutes of squats when your loved one is napping. If you forget to stay hydrated, keep a water bottle in your bag at all times. Staying healthy is one of the best ways for caregivers to stay resilient.

Even the most resilient of all caregivers can benefit from professional in-home care. Although it may be challenging to find reliable, highly rated elder care, Winnipeg, Manitoba, families can turn to Home Care Assistance. Our respite and live-in caregivers are expertly trained to assist seniors with a wide array of important tasks, including cooking, bathing, light housekeeping, and exercise. To create a customized in-home care plan for your aging parent, give us a call at (204) 489 6000 today.