Giving dementia care can mean that it takes longer to do things.
When planning to do something, whether a caregiving task at home or going out, it can be incredibly frustrating when it takes longer to do it. And the frustration can escalate to anger, harsh words and even hurt feelings. It can mean that both caregiver and carereceiver feel like failures in the task.
One solution is to give yourself the gift of time…
What is the gift of time?
It’s allowing, scheduling or planning more time to do something than you expect. When doing that, it’s easy to feel less rushed. And that can lead to less stress for each care partner.
Instead of negative feelings, a sense of accomplishment and other positive feelings can accompany the task.
While it seems simple enough to allow extra time, it’s amazing how many caregivers in the midst of hectic caregiving don’t think about that option. And sometimes it’s hard to make or find the extra time.
How does time affect your dementia care? Share in the comments!
To your Happy & Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Global Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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