Could Caring Strategies benefit you and your aging loved one(s)?
Some of these statements may sound familiar to you:
- I spend a lot of time thinking about the problems that my aging loved on is having, but don’t know what to do. Whatever I try doesn’t seem to help.
- I’m stressed, tired, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or losing sleep because of my aging loved one’s situation.
- My aging loved one’s problems are affecting my family relationships.
- My aging loved one’s problems are affecting my work performance.
- Because of the time I am spending caring for my aging loved one(s), I just can’t keep up with what I need and want to do.
- I know my aging loved one needs more outside help, but I don’t know if the financial resources are available for that.
- Extra help for my aging loved ones would be good–but I don’t think they will accept it.
- Extra help for my aging loved ones would be good–but I don’t know what kind of help they need, or how much, or who to call.
- I don’t know if my aging loved one(s) can still manage at home alone.
- My aging loved on has dementia, and I don’t know how to handle it.
- My sibilings and I are at odds about how to best care for our parent(s).
- I’d help my aging loved ones–if they’d let me. They refuse my help and ideas.
- My aging loved ones live in North Alabama, I’m in another state, nobody’s moving, and there is no one to look out for them.
- My aging loved on is injured (or sick); we have to make some changes fast and I need help.
- We’re in a crisis and I need some expert advice NOW.
- I need objective, third-party guidance about my aging loved one’s situation.
- I know there are some legal and financial matters to be taken care of, but I’m not sure where to start.
- My aging loved one seems confused and forgetful; could it be Alzheimer’s?
- I know we should be planning ahead, but I don’t know how to start the conversation with my parent(s).
- My aging loved on is independent and private, but not doing well. Now what?
- I know I need more support myself, but I don’t know where to get it. I’m not taking very good care of myself lately.
- We’re about to spend thousands of dollars a month on my aging loved one’s care, and I’m not sure it’s the right decision.
- My aging loved one’s doctor just diagnosed dementia…probably Alzheimer’s. Now what? What can we expect?
If any of these statements ring true, Caring Strategies can help. Find out by making a no-stress, no-pressure call to us. Helping you is what we do.
FOR CAREGIVERS: The Five Minute Retreat (and Other Ideas)
At Caring Strategies, we emphasize the importance of care for the caregiver. Caregivers, we encourage you to take care of yourself–and we support you in finding ways to do so. Here are three:
- Have at least one person in your life who is always willing to listen to you, without judging you or feeling that it’s their job to give you advice.
- Maintain a list of things that people can do to help you, and keep it with you. Refer to it when you’re asked, “What can I do to help?” Graciously accept the assistance of others who are willing to lighten your load.
- Master the art of the daily five minute retreat. Just five minutes. Use the time to refresh yourself, and set the cares of the day aside. You might consider a little stroll outdoors, just quiet, a spiritual reading, or listening to a favorite piece of music. Whatever you do–do what works just right for you. Here are two pieces to get you started. The first is the beautiful, prayerful ALWAYS THERE. The second is NOW by Dave Carroll: