Aug 13

How To Cope With Caregiver Fear

Matthew

Have you heard of the term caregiver fear? It refers to the anxiety and worry a person can feel when they become a carer for a loved one.

According to Drugwatch, one of the most common ways in which it manifests is through the caregiver asking themselves a lot of ‘what if’ questions.

These questions can lead you down a stressful and frightening chain of thought, but the good news is that there are a number of things you can do to ease your worries.

The first stage is to write down all your fears, whatever they may be and regardless of how trivial you may think they are. Once you’ve done this, you can make the list smaller by deleting all the ones that are highly unlikely to happen.

Of the ones that remain, you should then start looking at how you can reduce these worries. Are you concerned about your loved one falling and hurting themselves at home, for example? One way to tackle this could be to carry out modifications on their home, such as installing easy access showers.

You could also explore providing in-home care and assistance to take some of the weight off your mind and ensure your loved one is getting the care they need at all times.

If you decide that renovations may be necessary, consider how you can future-proof them to ensure you don’t need to keep making updates.

In fact, future-proofing our homes is something we should all be thinking about, designer Kevin McCloud told the Express earlier this year.

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