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Five Tips for Feeling Out of Control

If you’re like most caregivers, you’ve felt that you were completely out of your element more than once. But if you’re feeling this way all the time, you might need to try a few different ideas to help you realize you’ve got this.

Elderly Care Kansas City MO - Five Tips for Feeling Out of Control
Elderly Care Kansas City MO – Five Tips for Feeling Out of Control

Make Some Lists

Lists can help you to realize that you have more resources than you realized. Make lists of people you can rely on for help or solutions to problems. Whenever you’re feeling as if you don’t have the right answer to a problem, brainstorm a list of possible solutions. You’ve got more of a handle on things than you realize.

Formulate Backup Plans

You probably already have a backup plan or two in place. But it doesn’t hurt to have some backup plans for those as well. This is a great way to deal with worries that you know don’t make sense but that you can’t kick. Go over your plans and see if anything has changed or if you’ve learned something that you can add.

Educate Yourself as Much as Possible

The more that you know about your elderly loved ones health conditions and about caregiving the better decisions you’ll make. Set aside some time specifically to catch up on educating yourself. You’ll find that’s time well spent, especially as you gain more confidence in your own abilities.

Join a Support Group

Other caregivers don’t always feel that they have the right answers, too. At a support group you’ll meet caregivers with years of experience who can help you to work past these scary moments. They can show you what they’ve learned and how you can apply it to your own caregiving situation.

Take Some Time Away

When you’re spending too much time worrying, questioning yourself, or feeling out of control, that can be a sign that you need to take time away from caregiving. Hire elderly care providers to take over for you and then get some much-needed respite time in. You’ll come back feeling more relaxed which can help you to see that you were worried about a situation that didn’t need require worries.

Often feeling out of control goes hand in hand with feeling little or no confidence in your abilities to be the caregiver your senior needs you to be. You’re far more prepared for this task than you realize. It’s okay to not always have the right answer right away. You’re still doing great.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care Services in the Kansas City MO area, please contact the caring staff at Elder Care of Kansas City, today. Proudly serving Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass Counties in Missouri as well as Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas for over 30 years. Call us at 816-333-3322.

Kevin Edwards

Kevin’s life and the lives of his immediate family have been impacted by caregivers – either as a patient or a caregiver - for as long as he can remember.He watched his mother take care of his grandmother until her death at the age of 97.Five years later, his father passed from a neurological disorder that was subsequently confirmed as Lewy Body Dementia.In 2007, his wife, Lori, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.The symptoms of Lori’s disease required Kevin to hire a caregiver during the periods of her relapses.

Prior to purchasing Elder Care, Kevin spent over 20 years in the health insurance industry.In his most recent position, he was in a financial operations role with Humana where he worked with doctors, nurses and other health professionals developing programs to keep Humana members healthy.Their focus on primary care and medication adherence improved the lives of thousands of seniors in Kansas City and the surrounding area.

Kevin and his wife, Lori, have three children.Kevin has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri.

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