Chapter 3

Easing Caregiver Concerns with Proactive Behavior

Whether the role of caregiver was thrust upon you during a crisis or slowly crept up on you, you may find yourself handling it by simply putting out fires as they happen. This approach can cause a great deal of stress, dissatisfaction, and unhappiness for all concerned. It’s important to understand that, while you don’t have control over everything that can happen, you do have the power over how you will react. When you are resourceful, educated as to your options, and aware of solutions to possible issues, you will feel more confident and in control. This can have a ripple effect, resulting in the person you are caring for feeling more secure and developing a stronger sense of trust ...

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