As your loved one’s family caregiver, you may find that you’re suddenly making dozens of decisions regularly about her care and how to meet her needs. Eventually, these constant rounds of making decision after decision can feel like too much. Having a process can help you.
Get as Much Information as You Can
If you’re feeling overwhelmed about any decision at all, you need to make sure that you have as much information as you can possibly get. Talk with experts, such as your loved one’s doctor, ask questions at support group meetings, and do your own research both on the Internet and at the library. When you feel as if you finally have enough information, you might also be starting to feel better about the decision itself.
Break Big Decisions Down into Smaller Ones
Quite often big decisions involve one or more smaller decisions that you can break down. If it’s possible at all, look at what smaller decisions you can easily make and get those in motion. You might find that the overall decision is much easier if you parcel it out.
Prioritize Any Tasks Connected to the Decision
If there are any tasks or “to dos” associated with this decision, prioritize them so that you can focus on the most important ones first. From there, you can work your way down the list as you go. Taking these tasks one by one helps to make them feel less overwhelming.
Do What You Can Do, When You Can Do It
Ultimately, you have to be kind to yourself. Unless the decision has a specific time limit that makes you have to deal with it right this minute, do what you can as you’re able. If you can sleep on the decision, definitely do so. Getting some rest and allowing your mind to take a break from the constant thinking can help you to come to a decision more readily.
Give yourself some leeway, here. Yes, it’s a scary situation to be in charge of making decisions for your elderly loved one, but you’re doing the best you can with the information and the resources that you have available to you.