Guilt is a complex emotion, and it is common for a family caregiver to feel guilty after moving a loved one to an assisted living community. One could also be feeling lingering guilt about their caregiving duties along with the guilty feeling of moving a loved one.
It is important to remember that your decision was not made carelessly. Caring for elderly loved ones as well as your own family can end up leaving you very little time for your own needs.
Not just that, but at times you may not be completely qualified to assist with some of your loved one’s daily tasks.
Remember that you made the choice to move your loved one to an assisted living community because they need full-time care in a safe and cozy environment.
Maybe you made this decision because their health is declining or because being the primary caregiver is putting a financial burden on your family.
A lot of family caregivers tend to put a hold on their careers in order to provide the care their loved ones need. This can then lead to stress that can affect one’s own healthier.
You might feel like you should have made a different decision based on how your loved one may feel. However, you should concentrate on the positives and that your loved one is in the greatest possible environment for their needs.
Professional staff will make sure that all of your loved one’s health needs are attended to in an assisted living community. Knowing that help is available 24/7 will give you peace of mind.
Your loved one will acclimate and thrive over time in their new way of life. Assisted living communities offer healthy meals, social events and activities, help with housekeeping, and so much more outside of just the help they need with regular daily activities.
Several assisted living residents have said they wished they would have moved sooner; they feel healthier and stronger than they have in years.
Now you are able to put more attention on building your relationship with your loved one since you have been relieved of your caregiving duties. Unleash your caregiver guilt and appreciate the time you have with your aging loved one.