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4 Common Causes of Guilt When Caring for an Elderly Loved One

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Taking care of your elderly loved one is a complicated process, sometimes because of your loved one’s health and sometimes because of your own situation. Often guilt makes an appearance, andElderly-Care-in-Monticello-FLdealing with guilt causes you to be far less effective as a caregiver for your loved one. Here are some reasons you might be feeling guilty and some ideas for coping with that feeling.

Not Spending Enough Time with Your Loved One

There are only so many hours in every day, and unfortunately that can mean that you have to devote some of those hours to your job or to other family members who need your time and your attention. This can leave you feeling as though you don’t spend enough time with your elderly loved one, though. Try to cope with your feelings of guilt by making the time that you do spend with your loved one about quality rather than quantity. If your loved one gets lonely when you’re not available, talk to other family members about visiting when you’re unable or hire elderly care providers who can offer companionship.

Taking Time to Do Your Own Thing

You absolutely have to take time for yourself. If you don’t, you’re going to resent spending every spare minute taking care of your elderly loved one. You can’t properly care for your elderly loved one if you are ignoring your own emotional and physical well-being. Make sure to take time every day to refresh and to recharge your body and your mind. This could be spending time exercising, meditating, or even just reading before you go to bed.

Losing Patience with Your Loved One

No matter how much you love your elderly loved one, you’re going to lose your patience at one point or another. It’s best to just accept that fact now rather than beat yourself up with guilt when it inevitably happens. Patience is most likely to take a beating when you’re already overwhelmed with other issues. Try to remember to breathe and to tackle the real problem rather than whatever your loved one did that caused you to feel impatient.

Feeling Negative Emotions

Negative emotions such as guilt, anger, or frustration are all very common when you care for an elderly loved one. You need to make sure that you have a way to safely deal with those emotions when they crop up, because they will. Some people find that having a confidant or friend who understands the situation helps immensely. Others get relief from journaling or form joining a support group. Find the solution that works best for you.

Caring for your elderly loved one is much easier to do when you’re not weighed down by guilt.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.


Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.