It’s difficult to face situations in which your aging family member’s health is getting worse rather than better. Even if you’re prepared, it’s not necessarily easy to deal with when it happens.
Find out What’s Going On
Make sure you and your senior understand what’s going on as clearly as possible. This might mean making an appointment with her doctor just to get your most pressing questions answered as accurately as possible. You may want to do additional research, too, just to make sure that you and your elderly family member are as prepared as possible.
Let Go of What You Can’t Control
There’s so much in life that you can’t control, no matter how much you might want to do so. Your senior’s health is one of those things. You can help her to do all the right things and to be as healthy as possible, but if her health is getting worse, it’s not the fault of you or of her. Let go of those urges to try to control the situation and just do what you can do, when you can do it.
Share What You Can, When You Can
Other family members may still want to help your senior and be there for her, even if they’re not able to be her primary family caregiver. That can leave you in a predicament, though. In times when your senior’s health is worsening, it’s important for you to know what she wants to share and with whom she’s comfortable sharing that information. When you can, share what’s happening, within the limits your senior has set.
Practice Self-care So You Can Be There for Her
If you’re not taking the best care that you can of yourself, it’s going to be even more difficult to help your senior through what she’s experiencing. That means that you need to be eating well and taking breaks when you can. Taking breaks can be complicated if your senior’s health has gotten very serious. Elderly care providers are a good option in general because they can help your senior with a variety of situations, but they can also offer you respite. Regular respite allows you to be there for your senior when you need to be the most.
You and your elderly family member can get through this blip in her health together, but it may take some concerted effort on your part.