As a caregiver, it’s easy to jump in and do everything your loved one needs.
But jumping in and doing too much can create its own set of problems.
For example, if you’re mother has mild dementia, you might assume taking over many of the household duties will help her out. Cooking dinner several nights a week, straightening out her living area, even helping her plan out her days can seem like a good idea. You’re a loving daughter, and you want her to stay as independent as possible for as long as she can.
She sees it as interference. You’re in her personal life, and she doesn’t like it.
And she lets you know it.
How do you find balance? You know without help, she could never remain on her own. Yet helping her too much causes stress on your relationship. Where do you draw the line? [Read more…]