Why Accepting a Senior’s Condition is Good for the Caregiver

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When you first learn that an older family member has a serious condition, like dementia or ALS, it can be difficult to wrap your head around. This can be especially true if you find yourself in the role of caregiver. For some caregivers, accepting that the senior has a chronic condition feels like defeat.

Home Health Care in Deerfield Beach FL: Caregiver Realizations
Home Health Care in Deerfield Beach FL: Caregiver Realizations

Not being able to accept the reality of the condition can be detrimental to the caregiver and the older adult. Below are some of the benefits of acceptance.

Acceptance Improves Preparedness

Not accepting a condition may cause caregivers to put blinders on and not see the ways the older adult’s situation will change as their health worsens. This can cause them to be unprepared for changing care needs and a ramping up of the time involved. When a caregiver accepts the condition, they can begin to learn more about it and what to expect in the future, enabling them to do things like contacting home care agencies to plan for future care.

Acceptance Allows for Better Disease Management

Many conditions require changes to lifestyle and having certain tools or medications on hand. For example, a senior with diabetes needs to change the way they eat. If the caregiver does not accept that they have a chronic condition, they may prepare foods that fall within the parameters of the food plan suggested by the senior’s health care team. Or, the caregiver of a senior with COPD may fail to carry a rescue inhaler when they go on an outing with the senior.

Acceptance Can Mean Active Involvement in Treatment

Once a caregiver accepts that their loved one has a chronic condition, they can become actively involved in the older adult’s treatment plan and care. They can attend medical appointments and learn how they can help to manage the senior’s health. The caregiver can also take active steps at home to improve the senior’s health and quality of life so that they can continue to enjoy life for as long as possible.

Acceptance Gives the Senior Permission to Express Emotions

When caregivers are unfailingly cheerful and refuse to admit they feel worried, sad, or even angry, their older family member may think they also cannot express negative emotions. It can be stressful to suppress feelings and it really isn’t healthy. When a caregiver can say that they feel sad about what is happening to the older adult, it gives the senior permission to say that they are sad, too. Sharing these feelings can make them less of a burden for both the caregiver and the senior.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.