Tell Us: How Do You Transition from a Caregiving Mindset?

abstracted_personal_stress_appraisal.svg.hiDuring Saturday’s episode of Table Talk on Your Caregiving Journey, @trish shared about a challenging morning last week. (You can listen to our discussion via the player, below.) A few setbacks upset their morning schedule, which meant that Robert, Trish’s brother, wasn’t ready when the van, which brings him to his day program, arrived. Richard, Trish’s husband, volunteered to drive Robert, which meant they all could get where they needed to be.

But when Trish arrived at work she needed to transition from the mindset of family caregiver to that of a manager. And, that can be a challenge. For Trish, a transition means changing her communication style (she gives Robert specific, direct instructions) and changing from a focus of managing incontinence to managing a staff.

So, I wonder: How do you make that transition from family caregiver to another role in your life, like employee, business owner, friend, colleague?

Please share your strategies and experiences in our comments section, below.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

One thought on “Tell Us: How Do You Transition from a Caregiving Mindset?

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    It’s a hard transition because I feel as if I am on caregiving duty 24/7. Sometimes I feel bad because I will tell people that I just can’t deal with whatever is going on right now, I need to focus my energy on Marc. I’d hope they’d understand. But I always try to make sure if I am talking to someone or doing something for someone that I can dedicate the time to them or I give them a disclaimer, “I’ve got 15 minutes. What’s going on?” So, then if I have to cut them off after 20 or 30 mins they understand that I had limited time to begin with.

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