5 Ways for Setting Boundaries in Caregiving
Last updated: December 2023
In the early stages of Alzheimer's, it can be difficult to set limits with your loved one. But as their condition progresses and they become more dependent on you for caregiving, it is important to establish boundaries so that both you and they can maintain a sense of dignity and self-worth.
Hi, my name is Nikki and I've been a dementia caregiver for over 10 years now. I know it can be really hard setting healthy boundaries for yourself as you care for your loved one who has Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. But one thing I have learned is that if we don't set boundaries and stick to them, we risk burnout and becoming resentful towards the person we care for most in our lives. So let me share with you some tips and techniques that will lead you into a life of healthy boundaries — and eventually, happy days for you both!
Caregiving is a difficult and often thankless job. It's easy to feel like you're always doing the most with no breaks in sight, but it doesn't have to be this way. With some practice, caregiving can lead to healthy boundaries, the key is knowing how to set limits for yourself so as not to burn out from the stress of caring for someone.
These 5 tips will hopefully help you to do just that, leading to a life of self-care and happiness! Learn more about Alzheimer's and other helpful caregiver tips at AlzheimersDisease.net!
Boundaries can be an important tool in navigating stress and burnout related to caregiving. What other methods do you utilize to maintain your mental health? Share your techniques in the forums!
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