Some caregivers will end up living with the Care recipient (cr) sometimes this is by choice other times it is an emergency either way all parties need to make the best out of the new situation the following are tips for living with a difficult cr

Try: Try to understand things from your cr’s point of view if this cr has been used to living independently for most of his life and residing in his own home having to give up that autonomy can be hard for him to deal with he may just be taking out his anger on you because of built up frustration with the situation he now finds himself in be patient and realize that the cr has to make an adjustment to the changes in his living arrangements make sure the cr gets a thorough checkup by his doctor sometimes personality issues depression and anger can be due to health problems a good physical examination can determine if there are any diseases or medical conditions that may be contributing to the cr’s behavior get help ask other family members to do their part in sharing care-giving responsibilities there are things they can do such as helping with meals or running errands or sitting with the cr when you have to go out if your family members fail to step up to the plate find out which community services and resources may be able to offer help make sure you’re okay as a caregiver caregivers tend to burn out very quickly especially if the cr is staying in your home is cranky and unpleasant stress can adversely affect you physically so keep yourself healthy eat wisely take any medications you are supposed to take and get exercise get support from friends other relatives your place of worship and more consider putting the cr in a day program one or more days a week this will enable you to get a break for a few hours and open up the opportunity for the cr to participate in enjoyable activities and make new friends you may even notice that his mood is more positive when he is around his peers the type of day program you utilize depends upon the physical and mental state of the participant activities may involve listening to music doing crafts and eating meals some adult day programs offer transportation to and from their facilities while this may cost money it is often worth it for the break

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