Posted by: Kelley Dees | September 19, 2011

When Injury Strikes: Ways to overcome the obstacles

Today, we’re going to discuss ways to overcome the obstacles you may face as a caregiver.

Keep a positive attitude. The most important choice is how to approach life from here on out. Being a family caregiver is never easy, but how it is approached (with a glass half full or a glass half empty attitude) is a choice you can and should make.

Know yourself. Knowing strengths and weaknesses allows you to set boundaries and gives confidence to know when to say “no” and when to ask for help–things many caregivers find hard to do. Embrace the 10 tips for family caregivers (these will be in our next post).

Be proactive. Being proactive means looking ahead and planning to the extent you can. It means trying to prevent crises rather than letting them happen. One proactive step is to make sure all the legal paperwork necessary for making critical medical decisions is complete.

Research the situation. One of the most important types of research is finding out as much as possible about your loved one’s condition. This provides a powerful tool for conversing with the various medical professionals caring for your loved one.

Accept changing roles. After a disability affects your home, it often becomes necessary to change roles within the family. Rethink family, household, and chores. As a family discuss: Which tasks are essential? If some tasks can be eliminated? What new tasks can each family member learn? The entire family needs to rethink who can do each task best because of this new phase in your family’s life.

Rural Caregivers: To Everything There is a Season is an excellent resource. It provides caregiver resource materials, organizations for caregivers, disability related organizations, caregiver support networks, and more.

As you deal with the challenges of care giving, remember the words of Sir Winston Churchill to the citizens of Great Britain during one of their darkest hours, “Never give up. Never, never, never give up!”

In our next post, we’ll discuss 10 tips for family caregivers. Also, be sure to check out the first post in this series, The Challenge of Caregiving.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from the Wyoming AgrAbility 2008 Newspaper Insert.

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