By becoming your loved one’s safe space you are providing them with the confidence that they will not be rejected or abandoned. You are giving them security from a very scary outside world full of unknowns, fears, and expectations.
When you begin taking care of an elderly parent, the last thing you expect is for them to be angry at you. Unfortunately, most caregivers receive the brunt of anger and bitterness. There are ways to handle it without letting it destroy you.
It becomes very disheartening when rather than acknowledgment we receive hurtful and sometimes accusatory questions. It’s only when we consider their loss that we are able to answer the difficult questions asked by our elderly parent without taking it personally.
Following these five easy steps will help you set boundaries with and for your elderly parent that will let them just be the grandparent.
You may not start out with all that’s needed to be a caregiver but thankfully, with grace and persistence, you can develop the character it takes to be a great caregiver.
Part of being a caregiver for an elderly loved one is finding balance as your roles change from a parent/child relationship to “parenting” your parent. This article takes you through three stages of establishing your new role and bringing peace to your home.