Let's be honest, being a family or professional caregiver is a supportive, loving and caring activity, but it can make your life crazy if you let it. The point of this blog is to help you deal with the craziness of being a caregiver and keep you from losing yourself in the activity.
Blog author, Mike Collins, is the producer of the video, "Care for the Caregiver," winner of a National Caregiver Friendly Award from Caregiver Magazine.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Putting Together the Puzzle
When was the last time
you put together a puzzle?
When someone dumps a
puzzle out of a box and onto a table what’s your strategy?
I’m betting the first
three things you do are: Flip over all the pieces that are printed side down.
Locate all the pieces that have edges showing they are part of the border. Put
the border together.
Once you start the way
most folks begin the process it’s anyone’s guess what you do next…we all have
our own way of putting the rest of the puzzle together.
Caregiving is one of life's great puzzles. So often people who are thrust into a caregiving role believe it's supposed to be done in a specific way...but that's just not true.
The "border" of caregiving, the one area of focus that everyone should have, is safety. Once you make sure the person for whom you are caring is safe, everything else is open for discussion.
We'll have family, friends, experts and advice-givers saying, "this is how you MUST do it!" Don't listen to them. As long as you have the safety issue covered the rest is up to you and the person for whom you are caring.
Don't let trying to put the puzzle together make you crazy. Find your own way.