There are tons and tons of decisions you’re going to make as a caregiver. At first, you might feel as if you’re not doing so well with that, but you’re going to gain experience faster than you think. If you practice making better decisions, you’ll get there before you know it.
Gather More and More Information
Information is the key to being able to make decisions quickly and without fear that you’re doing the wrong thing. As a caregiver, you might be shocked at just how much information you’re gathering all the time. That’s all going to help you because it builds up your background stockpile of knowledge. Every experience that you have teaches you something, whether you realize it or not.
Ask Questions of Your Senior’s Doctor
Your senior’s doctor can help you with gathering the information that is most specific to your senior’s situation. Start keeping lists of the questions you have about your senior’s health and her future needs. Don’t be afraid to ask those questions when you go with her to appointments.
Stop Second Guessing
Very often caregivers second guess themselves. They think about what they could have done or what they should have said. You’re never going to be able to predict every situation with 100 percent accuracy, so stop trying. Every situation is going to teach you something and it’s going to bring you new information. Let that help you to get past second-guessing yourself.
Get Advice from Other Caregivers
Joining a support group allows you to meet other caregivers and to talk with them about what you’re experiencing. When you’re not sure what to do in a given situation, you can bring it up with your support group and hear how they’ve handled that same situation in the past. Or you can have a conversation about how they would handle it if they were in your shoes. Their experience can help you now.
Acknowledge Your Wins
When you get it right, don’t ignore that fact. You’re going to get things right far more often than you get them wrong, so make sure you acknowledge that. Keep a journal where you list out your accomplishments and your wins. When you’re not feeling so great, read through that list and remember that you’re doing a great job.
Being a caregiver isn’t about getting everything right all the time. It’s about doing the best you can in the moment.