How to Cope After Caregiving Ends
When the time comes for your elderly loved one to enter end-of-life care, many family caregivers find themselves at loose ends now that they’re no longer giving care full time. It can be difficult to find your footing at that time, but it’s definitely possible.
Embrace What Caregiving Has Taught You
Whether you realized it at the time or not, being a family caregiver taught you a lot about being compassionate, about caring for someone with health problems, and even about yourself. That’s all wisdom and knowledge that you’re going to be able to carry with you throughout the rest of your own life. You may need that experience again to care for someone else or you may not, but it’s a powerful experience that you’ve been through.
Help Other Caregivers by Sharing Your Knowledge
When you first started out on your caregiving journey, you probably relied a great deal on the knowledge and wisdom of caregivers who had been in your position before. You can do the same for new caregivers now. You can still attend support group meetings or frequent the same online support groups and share what you’ve learned along the way.
Reconnect with Other People in Your Life
Caregiving takes up a great deal of time and space in your life and when it’s over, that sudden void looms pretty large. This is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with the people that you love. You may have family members and friends with whom you’ve kept in touch, but on a peripheral basis. Now is the time to spend a little extra energy rebuilding those relationships and making them a stronger part of your life.
Look for Other Ways to Give Back
If you’re still feeling a big pull to help others, there are plenty of senior organizations in your area who need people who have your skills, knowledge, and drive. You might be able to volunteer for meal delivery agencies or other groups that offer assistance to senior citizens. Contact your local agencies and look for ways to give back to other caregivers and elderly loved ones in your immediate area.
You may still have difficulty learning to manage your feelings after caregiving ends. In that case, it’s a good idea to contact your doctor or a counselor or therapist that you trust in order to get more specific assistance.
If you or an aging loved one would like to discuss end of life care in Chino, CA, please contact the friendly and helpful staff at Delta Hospice of California. Call today 888-591-0709.
As a patient, family member or caregiver your questions should never go unanswered. Never hesitate to let us know how we are doing. We will send out a Perception of Care Survey through the mail and periodically make phone calls to ensure that excellent care is being provided. Our Home Chart and Hospice Resource Guide are available for you to review anytime. We encourage you to review your Home Chart and discuss any comments or concerns with our staff members.
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