By Paul Hynes | September 12th, 2018
Being a caregiver is not only physically exhausting, it can also be mentally challenging. Staying on top of all the needs of someone you love and care for is daunting. Whether you are a new caregiver or a longtime supporter of a family member, it’s possible that you have experienced caregiver decision fatigue.
Addressing ongoing needs such as daily health, medical care, housing, activities, and more is daunting. Caregivers are wise to pace themselves.
In the beginning, caregivers are in superhero mode. Their goal is to protect their loved one and manage essential daily tasks. But, this pace is unsustainable. It eventually leads to burnout. These ongoing and enormous responsibilities can begin to erode decision-making ability. Concurrently, it is common for caregivers to face challenges due to differing opinions in the family. This “pile up” of issues can leave caregivers feeling the weight of the world. Even seemingly minor decisions become harder to make. Eventually, this might significantly impact the future of the loved one.
Look for ways to eliminate decisions that don’t matter in the long run. For example, it might simplify things to stick with Meals on Wheels delivery instead of trying to carry on menu planning and grocery shopping. Another example is maintaining consistency with medical checkups and other appointments. When possible, schedule appointments on the same days at the same times to simplify the calendar. In addition, don’t overlook the benefit of tapping into the support of others. Turn to family members who are willing to help, or lean on local resources that are available.
If you need help caring for a loved one and protecting them from potential neglect or abuse, we are here to offer assistance: Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.
Paul Hynes is a regular guest blogger for Vets for Elders, Inc. and is Paul is the founder and chief blogger at the educational website Senior Safe & Sound