As soon as you stepped out of bed this morning until the time you climbed back in, you’ve been giving your best to the aging loved one you care for as a family caregiver. You provided help with showering and dressing, prepared delicious meals, cleaned the house, all while making sure your loved one was happily involved in enjoyable activities, made it to their 3:00 hair appointment, and picked up prescriptions and groceries afterwards. And you may not be lending this help with expectations of anything in return, but a simple “thank you” would be nice – but is rarely offered.
- Start modeling appreciative behavior. Let the senior see by example how good it feels to be appreciated by sincerely thanking them whenever the opportunity arises, no matter how small. If they fold and hang up the towel after their shower, wipe off the table after lunch, or help with putting away groceries – be sure to thank them.
- Learn the art of self-appreciation. The work you’re doing is incredibly important, and you deserve to be rewarded for it. Choose something each week that you’re going to do for yourself for a job well done. It can be as simple as an hour spent reading on the porch swing or a muffin from your favorite bakery. You can also plan for larger rewards, such as a weekend getaway, by engaging respite care services from a trusted care partner like Atlanta Home Care Partners.
- Try to understand their perspective. There are a number of reasons a senior may not be expressing gratitude for the work you’re doing. Someone with dementia or another chronic condition may be fully focused on their own struggles or the day-to-day tasks at hand that are now more challenging. Putting yourself in the other person’s shoes can help you accept that a lack of verbal appreciation doesn’t necessarily equate to true ungratefulness.
Atlanta Home Care Partners is always willing to help you with family caregiver duties and to help alleviate stress and allow you plenty of time for self-care. Regularly scheduled time away is crucial, and we’re here for as much or as little as you need. While you’re taking care of yourself, we’ll help a senior you love with:
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Transportation to appointments or fun outings
- Personal care (showers, baths, getting dressed, etc.)
- Companionship for conversations, games, puzzles, exercise, hobbies, etc.
- Medication reminders
- And much more, according to each person’s unique needs