Dealing with Caregiver Guilt

Dealing with Caregiver Guilt
Dealing With Caregiver Guilt West Palm BeachI don’t think there is a caregiver out there that hasn’t experienced “caregiver guilt”.  I know I have…

There are lots of reasons we feel guilty. Sometimes it’s because we’re glad we don’t have Alzheimer’s disease… Other times it’s because we get angry or short-tempered  or raise our voice.

And sometimes it’s because we neglected to do all of the things we tell ourselves we have to do for our loved one each day. Here are some great tips I found to help caregivers combat their guilt:

1. Accept that feeling guilty is normal.

Guilt is a normal experience that many caregivers experience while caring for someone with an illness. Remind yourself that you are not the only one that has these feelings. It’s okay…

2. List questions and discuss concerns with a physician, nurse or care manager.

Make a list of questions and concerns to discuss with at your next appointment.

3. Discuss concerns with support group members.

Support group members may help brainstorm about practical solutions to the ongoing challenges of daily care management.

4. Discuss concerns with family and friends.

Family members and friends can provide companionship. Ask them to visit once a week or so, depending on how far away they live.

5. Ask neighbors for help.

Neighbors can regularly check on your loved one. Ask if they will remain alert to anything unusual, such as the smell of smoke or the sound of an alarm coming from your relative’s house.

6. Reach out to the community.

Community organizations, such as the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, churches, synagogues, neighborhood groups, and volunteer organizations, often provide services for both patients and caregivers.

7.  Be Kind to Yourself.

Be gentle with yourself. You are doing a good job.

 

Some Material from “Helping People With Progressive Memory Disorders: A Guide For You And Your Family”