Home Care in Scottsdale AZ
Having difficulty maintaining friendships is a really common problem for caregivers. Your time doesn’t feel as though it’s completely your own anymore and that can really cut into time that previously went to having fun with your friends.
Understand the Limitations Your Friends Might Have
Often your friends may not have been in a caregiving situation themselves. So they just don’t understand a lot of what you might be going through. Or, if they have been caregivers, their experience may have been drastically different from your own experience. It’s important to simply acknowledge that your friends may not know or understand how to relate to what you’re going through. That doesn’t mean that they don’t care about you. It simply means that they don’t know what you need.
Let Your Friends Know What They Can Do to Help
One of the best things that you can do for your friends is to be honest with them about what you need from them. If you simply need someone to listen while you vent, make sure that you’re clear about that. Perhaps with other friends what you really need is to simply step away from being a caregiver and feel like you’re a “normal” person again. Let your friends know so that they can help you to meet those needs.
Acknowledge that Some Friendships May Not Survive this Time in Your Life
A really difficult aspect of maintaining your friendships while being a caregiver can be that some of these friendships may not survive caregiving. That doesn’t mean that anyone is in the wrong, it just means that your friendship has run its course. That can be difficult to accept, but understanding this fact can help you to move on if that’s what you need to do.
Make the Time to Maintain the Friendships You Do Have
Friendship is definitely a two-way street, so you have to make time to maintain your friendships. This is all a part of self-care, too, so you need to be able to take that time for yourself. Work with other family members and home care providers to ensure that you have time away so that you can rebuild or maintain your friendships.
Be open with your friends and nurture those relationships whenever you can.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Scottsdale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Elite Senior Homecare Services at (623) 285-6397. Quality Home Care & Assisted Living Placement Service in Sun City West, Peoria, Surprise and the surrounding areas.
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