Neither the elderly parent nor the caregiver is immune from the ugly face of discouragement at times. When it lasts for a long time, it can become serious. Does it sometimes feel like you’re looking out from the pit of despair and you don’t know how to free yourself from it? Do you know you need to do something different but you haven’t figured out what it is yet? Then you’ve come to the right place to get some answers.
You know you’re feeling discouraged if you:
- Often feel overworked
- Think you are unappreciated
- Feel physically exhausted
- Wonder if it’s worth it
- Feel close to defeat
- Think you’re slipping emotionally
- Hard to reaffirm to yourself it’s okay
These feelings of discouragement can creep up slowly or they can hit all of a sudden like a load of bricks. It may be a struggle to keep on going each day, and do the things expected of you. What can you do to deal with these feelings and get some happiness and encouragement back into your life?
- Get some support and relief
- Talk to relatives and friends and get their suggestions
- See a professional like a counsellor or therapist
- Find support groups for caregivers
- Don’t try to reinvent the wheel – learn from others
- You need to take time for yourself
Veterans home care can give you the break you need. They can take quite a lot of the caregiving load off your shoulders and allow you to have the time you need for rest, recreation, social activities, work and so on. You don’t need to worry about your loved one because the caregivers are kind, compassionate people who are trained and experienced in all the intricacies of caring for the elderly.
Sometimes your elder may be feeling discouraged. There are a lot of changes that come with a person’s body aging, and not all of them are easy to accept. Just think, your senior has had to deal with some or all of these changes, and perhaps more!
- Loss of some mobility
- Loss of career
- Loss of independence
- Reduced flexibility
- Reduced memory/cognitive ability
- Health struggles
- Reduced hearing/eyesight
- Loss of driver’s license
- Loss of family members
- Loss of privacy
If your elder is feeling discouraged, you will be able to tell by their demeanor. Their appetite may drop off a little, they may not seem as happy and talkative as usual. You may hear them complaining more often. Maybe they refuse to go out and do activities with their friends. Maybe they feel life is hopeless.
Make sure your elderly loved one gets some professional help as it could turn into depression. Be the best support you can be! Sometimes your unfailing love can make the world of difference.
With the owners of the company directly involved in the care for our clients, we provide a more compassionate hands-on-approach. We pride ourselves on hard work, honesty, and communication. Independence Home Care is truly unique in the services we provide when compared to other franchised and big business organizations.
Independence Home Care is one of New Jersey’s largest non-franchised, family owned home care agency.
We promote health and independence for all our clients while offering support and respite for their loved ones. We understand the need for independence and importance of meeting this basic need. Our caregiver’s can provide you with the quality of life you deserve.
We not only provide you with a carefully selected caregiver to match you or your loved one, we also continue to be involved and provide specific additional care without any extra costs, such as Registered Nurse Case Supervision, 24-hour On-Call, and Specialized Alzheimer and Dementia training and much, much more.
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