Caregiving isn’t something you plan. It isn’t something you wake up one day and decide to bring into your life.
Instead, it’s thrust upon you, usually at the most inopportune time. You have a life. You’re busy. And you don’t want this job too.
There’s never a right time to take on the caregiving role. But there are ways to integrate it into your life with less stress. Here’s how.
Start The Conversation Immediately
Caregiving doesn’t just impact you; it impacts the one you’re caring for, and the friends and family around you too. Who is close to this situation? Who will have a part in the process?
Bring them together and start a conversation as early as possible. Listen and respect everyone’s desires. Try and include as much as you can while realizing that not every wish will be possible as you travel down this new path. Above all, keep trying. Every day will be different and bring to light new issues. There will be conflict; talking it out and bringing in help right from the beginning will ensure less stress down the line. [Read more…]