The Emotional Side of Caregiving

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The Emotional Side of Caregiving

Being a caregiver for a loved one or a parent can bring an onslaught of different emotions. Caregivers of loved ones often feel grief, sadness, embarrassment, overwhelming stress, and even anger. While it may be difficult to manage the various day-to-day emotions associated with caregiving, it’s also important to understand that it is very common to feel this way.

As a leading provider of Columbus elder care, we want families to know that each caregiving experience is unique to the family, as are the emotions surrounding any given experience. However, understanding some of the common causes for any negative feelings can help you better cope with them moving forward.

Sadness and grief are common emotions that often stem from mourning the loved one that you once had. As a loved one progresses into a disease, it is common to feel a sense of grief for the way that person used to act or look. Furthermore, it is common to grieve for the person that you once were prior to caregiving, and the little pieces of your life that you feel are no longer available to you. All of these things are natural and healthy emotions. Throughout our lives we often grieve the stages that we have passed, and this too will be a stage that you pass.

Children who care for their parents may also experience embarrassment when having to deal with the incontinence or personal care issues of their parent. Typically as a child, you don’t fathom that you will later have to assist your parent in bathing or toileting. On the other side, it can also be embarrassing for your loved one to have to be bathed. Some families find it easier to shift personal care related responsibilities to a professional caregiver. These individuals are trained to safely assist with bathing, dressing and grooming, and do so with the utmost dignity and respect. Click here to learn more about hourly home care in Columbus for personal care activities.

Moreover, family caregivers can sometimes feel trapped and overwhelmed due to the high demands of caring for a loved one. It may often feel as if you are not able to leave the home to do simple tasks or that you never have a moment to yourself. You may also be confused whether you are caring for your loved one in the proper way, or making the right decisions when it comes to his or her care. The confusion, entrapment, and sense of being overwhelmed is completely normal. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help or look into hourly and live-in care services. Whether used for a few days a week, overnight, or for 24 hour care in Columbus, the break you receive when using home care could be just what you need to return to your responsibilities refreshed.

To learn more about caring for a senior loved one or support services in your area, reach out to Home Care Assistance Columbus today at 614-481-8888 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.


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