Dealing with Outside Criticism as a Caregiver

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Every family caregiver has his or her own style of caregiving and has established a routine that works for both themselves and their aging loved one. However, what happens when others criticize how you provide senior care? How do you deal with outside criticism? If friends and family have strong opinions about your caregiving practices, know that you are not alone. When it comes to home care, Mesa families might face this common problem. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to cope with outside criticism as a caregiver.

The first thing to keep in mind is that everyone is looking out for the best interest of your aging loved one. While it may seem unnecessary for someone who is not actively involved in your loved one’s care to provide their opinions or concerns about your caregiving style, keeping in mind that they are just trying to help can help ease tensions and keep you from taking the criticisms to heart.

Next, it also helps to have an open mind. This does not mean that you have to follow the direction provided by your friend or family member; it simply means you should be open to the input of others. You never know who may be able to offer a new perspective on a caregiving tactic that you may not have otherwise considered.

Finally, make sure that you have a self-care plan in place. Although many Mesa caregivers would rather not admit to experiencing changes in behavior or mood while caregiving, there are good and bad care days, and the bad days can increase feelings of stress and agitation. Scheduling regular breaks for yourself can help ensure that you always return to your duties rested and rejuvenated, and doing so can also help you better withstand the criticisms of others.

To learn more about part-time hourly care in Mesa, contact Home Care Assistance. Our Care Managers are available 24/7 to answer questions and can help you schedule a free, in-home consultation where you can learn more about our caregivers, care services and 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call (480) 699-4899 to schedule your consultation today – we look forward to hearing from you!


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