There is a saying that ‘blood is thicker than water’ but a line must be drawn somewhere at some point in life when your blood is bringing you down! There is no reason for a senior to always like the choices their children have made or to like who they have become, especially when they become a drag on the senior’s life. It may be hard as a caregiver, but those are the times when you have to be strong and hang in there for the person that you are caring for; easier said than done when the person you may be up against is the one writing your paycheck.
What if the person is someone in your own family? What then? Many times caretakers are faced with taking care of one of their own and are faced with having to deal with a sibling or cousin or other such individual that can simply make life hell for the caregiver.
In these critical times, it is vital to remember that your focus simply needs to be on the relative or elder in question – not on the person hell bent on making trouble around every turn. After a while, those individuals will either get with the program and learn that With Age Comes Respect or they will be left in the dust wondering where they went wrong.