Reinforcing Family Bonds
Caregiving responsibilities can get in the way of family relationships because new roles are formed; stresses may cause strain in family and bonds between caregivers and their care recipients may feel clinical. Whether it is a spouse providing care for their elder partner or an adult child providing care for a parent, families need to make the effort to maintain ties that do not relate to care duties.
The following methods will help caregivers maintain strong bonds with their care recipients that stem beyond their responsibilities as a provider.
â€¢Â Sit down and look over family photos and reminisce about past memories
â€¢Â Get together with other members of the family regularly
â€¢Â Make time for activities that you once enjoyed together
â€¢Â Discuss your relationship regularly, and do not hesitate to voice any concerns
â€¢Â Continue to offer your care recipient as much independence as possible, you are there to help them with their care, but donâ€™t want to make them feel like you are interfering in their life
â€¢Â Maintain intimacy with your spouse or partner
â€¢Â Donâ€™t remain in a relationship that has survived out of obligation
â€¢Â If the care structure is creating too much tension, step back and allow another relative, friend, or professional to take over