The best recipe for caregiving is patience, love and respect!
Fall brings about this desire to cook and serve warm comfort foods and we love preparing soups and stews for our clients. I recently asked for recipes that I could share with our caregivers so that they could expand their menu of offerings to our clients and received a lot of great recipes and ideas.
When I think about caregiving for a loved one there is a great recipe for that too. Caregiving is hard and everyday is not a good day. Add as much love, patience and respect as you can daily to make things easier on yourself and the person you are caring for.
I would say patience is the hardest of these. Love likely comes natural if you are caring for a family member or someone that you have grown close with. Respect is earned over time and while its hard to swap roles with your aging parent there is still so much earned respect for them and its important to treat them in the same manner of respect despite the disease that may be changing their mind and body.
Patience however is a virtue that is so difficult. Sometimes its not patience with the loved one but ourselves that we need to focus on. Life gets so busy and add the stress and strain of caring for a loved one and its easy to lose all patience. Just know that you are doing enough and if you need help we are here for you! Sometimes the disease our loved one has causes their mind to change and deteriorate and its easy to lose patience with forgetfulness especially if you are asked repetitive questions. When this happens go back in your own memories of a wonderful day you spent together, maybe a favorite Thanksgiving memory and cherish who they were and accept that patience, love and respect has to grow for who they have become.
Caregiving for a loved one can be a challenge for the most patient and loving of people. That is why we are here, we care for you as well as your loved one. If you find yourself needing help this holiday season please call us at 478.994.9535.