Being a caregiver means that you’re constantly making choices that affect your senior’s daily life. Some of those decisions could be automated or even handed over to someone else.
Stay Realistic and Talk to Everyone Who Might Help Out
When you’re making a lot of different decisions, it’s easy to get bogged down in future possibilities or past difficulties. What you really need to be able to do is use that information, but sparingly. You’re going to need to anchor your decisions in the reality of what’s happening right now. It never hurts to have backup plans, but if you’re letting your decision-making process get away from you, you likely are spinning your wheels. Anyone else who is helping out or making decisions also needs to be involved.
Make Sure You Have as Much Information as Possible
As with most situations, the more information you’ve got, the better. Having as much information as you can possibly gather over time enables you to make decisions that are rooted in fact rather than in what you wish would or could happen. You’re also less likely to make a decision that really doesn’t serve your senior’s needs now and in the future.
Make Plans for as Much as You Can
Part of the reason that making a lot of decisions is so frustrating is that it burns energy and time. You might not need to make as many constant decisions as you fear you do. In fact, with caregiving, routines can often help you to reduce your decisions on a daily basis while also ensuring that your senior’s needs are being met. Putting those plans and routines on paper helps you to realize that you don’t have to keep making those choices every single time.
Not All Talks Will Go How You Expect
Some of the other people involved in your senior’s care may not see the situation the same way that you do, even with the same information you’ve gathered. What really matters is that your elderly family member’s needs are being met. It’s also important that everyone remains as respectful as possible, even while disagreeing.
Know When to Let Go
When you’re a caregiver, there’s a lot that you’re in control of and that you’re making decisions about. But there are also plenty of situations that you’re not in charge of at all, no matter how much you want to be. Some of the choices you may need to make may not be ones you feel are good choices at all. But they still have to be made. Do the best that you can with the situation you’re facing.
One of the decisions you might be facing could involve getting extra help for your senior. Bringing in elder care providers can be an easy solution for that, and you may need to talk that over with other family members and you’re senior first.