Tell Us: What Traits Do Successful Family Caregivers Have?

Denise

Tell Us: What Traits Do Successful Family Caregivers Have?

Denise
success-70193_640Recently, I've had two separate conversations about the same topic:

How do you some individuals make it through a caregiving situation in pretty good shape while others seem to just fall apart?

During one conversation, a daughter who cared for both of her parents spoke honestly about the mess she was as she cared for them. She couldn't cope, she didn't handle the stress. Now, a few years since her father died and a decade since her mom's death, she still feels like she's trying to put her life back on track.

We wondered what traits she didn't have which would have helped to make her experience a little easier. We debated about what others have that helps them navigate a challenging and overwhelming experience without losing themselves and their lives in the process.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. What traits do you think successful family caregivers have? What characteristics do individuals who make it through caregiving mostly unscathed possess?

Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.

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Janet

The traits I have found helpful me: I did my first caregiving from 1999 - 2002 my grandmother who was 99 when she died. Both my hubby and I were working full time and no ideal what we doing. We made it through those, I look back don't know how we did it. With my grandmother I didn't know what question to ask, and how we could get through this.\r\nNow with my mom, we both are retired now so it makes a little easier. I survive breast cancer after my grandmother died along with 3 major back surgeries, my mom was there every time I had surgery. I have learn to take it slow with my mom and try not to let what she said hurts me. I made promise to mom long time ago to mom I would never put her in a nursing home and she think that what I done putting her in rehab, I also ask what out there that will help you. Luck for me, my husband and I make a good tag team.

LisaD

Humor, humor, and humor. Plus don't be afraid of Paxil.

jan

I was wondering the same thing. My next blog was going to be \"A Tale of Two Sisters\", exploring how I can care for my mom long-term but my sister cannot. Certainly my sister has all the compassion, competence, and persistence to succeed. It's the emotional piece that is her roadblock. She grieves the losses, she still feels the stings of the past. I feel like I've jumped over the roadblock of those emotions. I still feel frustrated, lonely, and exasperated with the task but it's not personal because this is not my mom any more.