During this period with the Coronavirus, it’s easy to feel bad that you have to stay away from your aging loved ones. While you know you’re doing the right thing, it can be hard, especially if your loved one is showing symptoms and/or living on their own. Luckily there are ways to deal with caregiver guilt during the Coronavirus.
How to Deal Caregiver Guilt During the Coronavirus
The first thing you should do is remind yourself that social distancing is essential for everyone’s health, including your loved ones. This pandemic is out of your control. It’s not like you are avoiding your loved ones on purpose.
The next thing to do is to take advantage of the available technology. Use video chat options like FaceTime and Zoom; that way, you can not only talk to them but see them as well. Some care communities have been setting up computers for the residents, so check and see if that’s an option.
If it’s not, use a good old fashion telephone, it’s better than nothing.
Connecting with Other Caregivers
No one else is going to understand the situation you’re in like other caregivers. It’s worth finding a community of caregivers. You can find Facebook groups with ease that are full of caregivers communicating with one another. You can also pull from your circle of friends or people from your community.
Focus on What You’ve Done, Not What You Haven’t
It’s easy to fall into the pattern of focusing on all the things you haven’t done, but it’s important to think about all the things you have done. While you can’t be with them right now, think about all the visits you have made. Remind yourself that you’re doing your best in an uncontrollable situation.
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