One of the frustrating aspects of caregiving is often that you feel as if you’re worried about specific issues while your elderly family member is worried about completely different situations. Are those situations really that far apart, though?
Think about What Has You Concerned
Sit down and make a list of what your biggest concerns are. You probably already know what those big concerns are, but you haven’t collected them all in one list. Some of your concerns might all fall under the same category, which can help you to collect your thoughts and get a better handle on what you can do to resolve those issues.
What Are Your Senior’s Worries?
As much as you might believe that you and your senior are on the same page, there are going to be some worries that she has that don’t line up with yours. That’s not a bad thing at all. This happens because your senior has a different perspective on what’s going on with her health and her life. You need to talk about what has her concerned so you can compare notes.
Where Do Those Concerns Overlap?
During your conversation, it’s important to make note of where your concerns overlap each other and where there are gaps. Listening is really the best thing you can do at this stage. Your senior will feel more open about what she’s thinking and feeling if she knows that you’re listening to her with an open mind and heart. Some of the concerns you each have might sound as if they’re very different, but they’re more similar than you think. For example, you might be worried about your senior being alone too much while she’s concerned that she’s not able to get to weekly book club meetings as easily. Those are actually similar concerns.
Find Solutions for the Biggest Concerns
Where can you put solutions in place? Senior care providers can help in far more of those concerns than you might think, especially if companionship, transportation help, and help with housekeeping tasks are high on both of your lists. It’s good to think out of the box as much as you can to find answers that help both you and your senior to feel more comfortable.
The key here is to get a handle on exactly what concerns you have as well as what your senior is worried about. From there you’re able to focus on how those concerns are similar and what you can do about the most important issues on both of your lists.
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