Elderly Care in New Milford CT: What Are the Best Ways to Respond to Complaints and Demands as a Caregiver?


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What Are the Best Ways to Respond to Complaints and Demands as a Caregiver?

Since you're a family caregiver, you may believe that demands and complaints are just a normal part of what you do. But when those demands become even more demanding, you might start to feel some stress from this constant barrage.

Validate Your Senior's Feelings

Often caregivers are confused about what validating someone's feelings means. It doesn't mean that you agree with those feelings or that you're condoning them. What you're doing when you validate those feelings is you're acknowledging how she's feeling and you're letting her know that's okay. Feelings aren't right or wrong, they just are.

Ask What You Can Do to Correct the Situation

Genuinely listen to the demands and complaints you're getting. Is there something that you can do to correct the situation? If so, it is definitely time to implement a solution. It isn't a big deal if you don't know how to correct the issue, either. Talk to your senior's doctor or other experts who can help you to craft a solution.

Make an Effort

Sometimes what your elderly family member needs to see is that you're making an effort. That you're trying to acknowledge her feelings and correct situations that don't work for her. It's possible that some of the complaints or demands that you're hearing are not accurate. This doesn't mean that your senior's feelings about them aren't valid, they are, but the situations may not be something that actually requires change. In that case, an appearance of solving the perceived problem may be what's needed.

Understand that This Is Most Likely about Something Else

Something else to consider is that this entire series of complaints, demands, and situations that make you feel terrible may be about some other issue entirely. Your senior may be feeling afraid or frustrated, which can make her lash out in ways that don't always make sense. Try to look for underlying issues that might be inspiring this reaction from your aging adult.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is to walk away for a bit. If possible, consider hiring elderly care providers that you can leave in charge for a bit. Go for a drive or a walk to help clear your mind.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in New Milford, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.

Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury
Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury

Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend our warmest welcome to you and your family as you search for the best home care services for your loved one in need.

I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.

As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.

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