It’s not unusual at all for family caregivers to feel completely on their own, especially if that’s literally true. This can be a difficult caregiving situation, but it’s not impossible at all.
Prioritize Your Needs and Health
If you’re the only caregiver your senior has, you have got to take care of yourself. When you don’t prioritize your own needs and health that leaves you open to all sorts of problems that could take you out of caregiving completely. It’s vital that you’re healthy and ready to tackle everything that pops up.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Some days are going to be better than others and that is just a fact. If you spend valuable time and energy beating yourself up, you’re not going to have what you need to be a caregiver. Give yourself space and grace to get things wrong now and again. It’s going to be okay.
Look for Support that Understands You
Many caregivers who are on their own think it is a waste of time to go to support group meetings. But the truth is that these are the people who understand the most what every day is like for you. They can help you to find resources and assistance that you might have wasted a lot of your own time trying to find. Lean on their support when you need it and give back when you can.
Set Aside Time for Yourself
You also need to make sure that you’re setting aside time just for you. Beyond taking care of your health, you also need to be something other than a caregiver for a little while. You need to be able to live your life, even while you’re helping your senior to live hers.
Hire Senior Care Providers
You’re only one person and that is never more apparent than when you’re on your own as a caregiver. Hiring senior care providers gives you that extra set of hands that you’ve needed for so long. They can offer your elderly family member companionship and the assistance that she needs to be able to age in place, get where she needs to go, and live her best life.
Just because you don’t have other people in your family to rely on, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend your caregiving journey completely alone. In fact, you can built your own fantastic support system that gives you everything that you need to be an amazing caregiver.