Caregiving Is Not Just About You

by Lois Etienne on July 13, 2012

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Good communication with the person you are caring for is one of the most important parts of your role. It may be hard for this person to take part in daily planning and decision-making because they’re dealing with some physical and emotional issues. But your job is to involve them as much as possible and here are some things you can try to do to keep them involved:

  • Help them live as normal a life as possible. To do this you might start by helping them decide what activities are most important and which they enjoy most.
  • Encourage them to share feelings and even if it’s something difficult like talking about their feelings about possibly dying, don’t change the subject. Listen and let them talk.
  • Let them know you are available, but don’t do everything for them. Even if they may be struggling with something like dressing, it’s important to let them do as much as possible for themselves.
  • Remember that people communicate in different ways. Some people are very private while others will talk more about what they are going through. Respect the person’s need to share or his need to remain quiet.
  • Focus on what they can do, not what they can’t. Encourage them to attempt new and different things but always support the positive.

And don’t forget, you are not alone. Sometimes even you may need some help. Call your local Home Instead Senior Care office and arrange to have someone come out and provide respite for you. Our CAREGivers are trained to provide supportive care and interaction.

For more information, call: 800-4SENIORS.

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