Use these coping skills to manage the challenges to come.
Accept their changes. Your caregiver frustration might come from waiting for things to go back to normal. Embrace the new phase of a loved one’s life, which will make it easier to embrace the new phase of yours.
Know your care matters. You might feel you are not prepared or qualified to do the job. But try to accept that your devotion to a loved one translates into the highest level of care possible.
Face new challenges with new skills. Relying on medical professionals doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t continue to empower yourself by developing new skills. Here’s one example.
Learning to measure vital signs is a simple way you can help your loved one at home, including:
- Monitoring blood pressure
- Learning the visual signs that immediate professional healthcare is needed
Learn more about your loved one’s medical condition. Your knowledge can be insightful to doctors and helpful in an emergency situation.