Reflecting On Your Caregiving Experience Thus Far
Everything changed when your loved one suffered a devastating car accident. Suddenly, you found yourself playing the simultaneous roles of chauffeur, nurse, and therapist. You feel tired, stressed, and perhaps, underappreciated… and yet, if you’re like some caregivers, there’s a certain satisfaction in being able to help a loved one in a time of need. There’s always room for improvement, however, as you’ll see when you reflect on your life as a caregiver.
Identify What Has Changed In Your Life—Good Or Bad
Acknowledge that you’ve experienced moments of great turmoil, but also moments of hope. Begin by recording negative changes; if you’re currently frustrated, this might make you feel better. Examples could include:
- Late night care leaves you exhausted
- You no longer have time for favorite hobbies
- The surprising physicality of caregiving causes soreness or even injury
- You frequently suffer anxiety
- Your finances have taken a hit
It’s not all bad, however. While you would obviously prefer for your loved one regain full health, you just might observe a few silver linings. For example:
- After spending so much time together, you and the injured person now enjoy a stronger relationship
- You are more appreciative of your own good health
- You are more empathetic to the needs of those with severe illnesses or injuries
Recording Changes in Your Life
Find a way to examine your life that makes sense to you. For many people, this means grabbing a notebook and pencil to record recent changes. Others prefer drawing sketches or forming collages. Express yourself as you see fit—your insights will help you down the road.
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