Your mother has dementia and has asked you the same question over and over all day: “Where’s Tom?” You start feeling frustrated – and guilty for not being the perfect caregiver you want to be.
One positive way of dealing with this situation is to say, “Tom’s not here right now.” Then distract her by suggesting you start making lunch, folding laundry or doing another simple task together.
Research shows that people who take an active, problem-solving approach to caregiving issues are less likely to feel stressed than those who feel helpless or worry all the time.*
Empowerment is increasing what you know and understand. Reduce caregiver stress by knowing you have power of your own.
You find the facts and resources you need to make good decisions. You know all the options. You believe in yourself and your ability to make changes. You feel good about yourself.
For additional caregiver resources and more information on caring for yourself, visit Humana.com/learning-center/caregiver.
* “Caregiver Stress,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, www.womenshealth.gov.