Whether you’ve already made a small mistake or not during your time as a caregiver, you’re probably horrified at the thought. Mistakes are a fact of life, even when you’re caring for someone you love. It’s really how you deal with the practicalities of those mistakes and how you react to making them that matters the most.
Humans Make Mistakes
The thing is, human beings aren’t perfect. As much as you might try to be, you’re still human and you’re going to make mistakes. You can do everything within your power to make sure you’ve got the right information to make decisions and that you’re as careful as you can be, but you’re still going to mess up now and again. Know that you’ll try harder and do better the next time around.
Avoid Beating Yourself Up
You don’t have to be excited that you’ve made any type of mistake, but you don’t need to beat yourself up, either. If your first reaction when you find out you’ve made a mistake is to talk to yourself negatively, that’s a problem you need to resolve. Blame isn’t going to correct anything and can actually cause you to make even bigger mistakes down the line.
Gather More and More Information
One big cause of mistakes is not having enough or even the right information. If that’s the cause of the mistakes you’ve been making, it might be time to do some more investigating. There’s a lot of information out there for caregivers about general caregiving as well as specific ailments. Take advantage of all of the accurate sources that you can find.
Make Sure You’ve Got Help on Hand
Another big cause of mistakes is being too tired or overwhelmed to do what you need to do. That’s why hiring elder care providers can solve so many layers of difficulties for you and for your senior. They can take tasks off of your plate so you can focus on what’s important. They can also ensure that you’re able to rest, which reduces the likelihood of making mistakes.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes while you’re caring for your elderly family member. You’re going to make them and they offer you an opportunity to grow and to learn. If you can reframe them in a positive light, they don’t feel so terrible. And you’ll have a better frame of reference for the next time around.