Tips for Staying Positive as a Family Caregiver

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How to Keep a Positive Attitude as a Caregiver

By Ted Holmgren, 7:02 pm on April 25, 2014

Caring for an ill or aging loved one can be a very rewarding experience, but one that is often full of ups and downs. For most caregivers, there will come a time when maintaining a positive attitude is something that seems difficult, if not impossible to achieve. While some of the reasons contributing to a caregiver’s lack of positivity cannot be changed or reversed, there are a few things a caregiver can do to maintain appositive outlook while caregiving.

Focus on Accomplishments
Some caregivers experience feelings of inadequacy which can have a drastic impact on their overall attitude. The caregiver may think about everything that they have missed or did not get completed. Rather, he or she should focus on the things that did get done. It is also important to remember there is a learning curve with caregiving. In the early stages, mistakes will be made and it is important for caregivers to forgive themselves, taking away the positives and learning from their mistakes. During this stage of caregiving, it may also be beneficial to enlist in the help of a professional hourly caregiver in Scottsdale who can offer assistance with care responsibilities, helping with the overall transition.

Surround Yourself with Support
Statistics show that those who are surrounded by supportive family and friends are more likely to have a positive attitude. Gaining support can make the caregiver feel better about the decision to care for a loved one at home, even during those difficult times. If no friends or family are immediately available, a support group will do just as well. There are local support groups as well as online support groups and forums where caregivers can connect with peers without leaving the house.

Stay Social
When caregiving seems overwhelming, the last thing that a caregiver may want to do is socialize with their close friends. While it may seem like a hassle at first, socializing with others and not focusing on one’s caregiving duties can help restore positive emotions and feelings for a caregiver. Work with a reputable home care agency in Scottsdale and create a schedule that allows you to meet with friends at least once a week, whether in the house, out for a movie or for a quick cup of coffee or lunch at your favorite restaurant.

Take Time Away
In order to maintain a positive attitude while caring for an aging parent or loved one, the caregiver may need to take time away or respite from the situation. The caregiver that gets adequate time to their self is more likely to report decreased burnout and an increase in personal fulfillment. These two factors alone can play a large role in maintaining a positive attitude. The caregiver should strive to get enough rest, tend to their own personal and psychological needs, and engage in physical activity regularly.

Your attitude can have a direct impact on your health, as well as the care you provide to your aging loved one, making it important for you to engage in activities that promote positive feelings and emotions. If you are in need of a break, contact Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale at 480-448-6215 and learn more about our hourly and live-in care plans. We also offer specialty services including dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke and Parkinson’s care in Scottsdale for seniors who have been diagnosed with an advanced disease.