Senior Care in Gilbert AZ
Family caregivers often reach a state of exhaustion because they’re trying to be and do everything that they can in order to care for their loved ones. While this can be admirable on one level, it’s not in your best interests or in the best interests of your elderly loved one. You have to acknowledge that you can’t go it alone.
Perfection Isn’t Attainable
If you still find yourself trying to get everything in your loved one’s life “perfect,” it’s time to stop putting unattainable goals in front of yourself. Your standards don’t have to be ideal in order to give your elderly loved one the best care that you can. You have to look at what is realistic rather than what would be perfect in any given situation.
You Don’t Have to Do Everything Personally
Another trap that often leads to guilt for family caregivers is the belief that they have to do everything for their elderly loved one themselves or it “doesn’t count.” That belief is crippling for caregivers because there’s no way that you can do everything on your own. You have to rely on others, whether those people are your loved one’s medical team, other family members, or even senior care providers.
You Have to Be Your Own Advocate
Being a family caregiver is hard work. You have to have the big picture in mind constantly in order to make the right decisions and that can mean you standing up for yourself as well. If you’re constantly feeling guilty about wrongs that aren’t even truly wrong, you’re not going to be the best advocate you can be for yourself or for your elderly loved one.
Everyone Has Limitations
Try as you might, you only have so many resources and so much time. In other words, you have limitations in which you have to work. Accepting those limitations means that you won’t wind up berating yourself when you inevitably reach those limits. You’ll do so instead with a feeling of peace because you know that you’ve truly done everything that is within your power to do. And that’s enough.
When you find yourself feeling guilt wash over you, stop and take a step back to evaluate why you’re feeling that way.
If you or an aging loved one are interested in hiring senior care in Gilbert, AZ or the surrounding areas, please contact the professional team at Devoted Guardians Home Care. Call today at (800) 699-4781 or (480) 999-3012.
Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.
Aaron is currently the CEO and owner of Devoted Guardians a Non-Medical In Homecare Agency covering the entire Phoenix valley. Aaron has been CEO since 2012 and running businesses since 2005.