Are you one of the 65 million Americans taking care of an elderly loved one? If so, you’d likely include “more patience” at the top of your wish list. Because let’s be honest: as rewarding as caregiving can be, it can also be challenging, frustrating and draining. Finding a way to release the pent-up emotional pressure is essential to providing the best care for the loved one who needs you.
In the article Taking Care of an Elderly Parent — and Not Loving It? How to Turn Resentment Into Patience and Joy, psychologist Dr. Suzanne Gelb encourages caregivers to do three key things in order to manage stress and find peace in their caregiver role:
- Release your feelings in a positive way, even if you just need to scream into a pillow.
- Find and talk to someone else who understands your experience. Seek out caregiver support groups in your area or online.
- Recognize that there are things you cannot control and let those things go.
And most importantly, keep in mind that you don’t have to go it alone. Hillendale Home Care partners with families in California’s Walnut Creek area to assist with the more mundane aspects of caregiving, allowing families to spend more quality time together and reduce feelings of frustration. Our caregivers are screened, trained, and carefully matched to the specific needs and personalities of each of our clients. Help is just a phone call away! Call us at 925-933-8181 or fill out our online contact form to get started.