Do You Feel Like Your Friendships Are Drifting Away?

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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.

Joseph Njenga, CEO

I am excited to be the CEO of Elite Senior Homecare Services mission in serving our wonderful seniors. I started my career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked in that capacity for several years. I decided to go back to school to pursue Licensed Practical Nurse. I have worked with seniors in Rehabilitation Centers, Long term Care Centers and Special Care Units for seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I have also worked with residents with Traumatic Brain Injury and stroke in group homes and as an administrator of assisted Living facilities. At Elite Senior Home Care Services, we are committed to giving our esteemed clients quality care to allow them to live in their homes for as long as possible. Our dedicated team of care managers, compassionate and professional caregivers will be happy to care for your loved one.