You can’t be a good caregiver unless you focus on yourself first. It’s counterintuitive, but true.
The trouble is most caregivers feel guilt and shame when they ask their friends and family for help. Why? Because they overcomplicate what help means. Something as simple as helping with the laundry or running errands for you can help you provide better care to your loved one.
Without asking for help early on, you can build up resentment towards your loved one that can tarnish your memories of them. That’s why it’s so important to ask for help as soon as possible.
In this episode, Amber Johnson, LSMW from Silverado Memory Care joins me to discuss how to ask others for help and how to improve the quality of life in your loved ones battling dementia.
Here Are The Show Highlights:
- The “Plane Secret” that helps you become the best possible caregiver you can (4:52)
- The biggest mistake new caregivers make when trying to help their loved one’s with dementia (6:23)
- Why specificity is so important when asking for help (or else nobody will help you) (7:08)
- The vicious emotion that’s preventing you from asking for help and deteriorating your loved one’s quality of life (7:54)
- Simple puzzles and mental games that stimulate your loved one’s brain without overwhelming them (12:34)
- How to avoid the common feelings of resentment after caring for your loved one with dementia (16:53)
If you’d like to learn more about how Silverado can help you care for your loved one with dementia and find a location near you, visit their website at https://www.silverado.com/.
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