Are you a caregiver? Caring for a loved one is no easy task, especially in a worldwide pandemic. In your role as a care partner, you may feel isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world. 

Show Me Hope older adult specialist Becky Franklin took the time to interview one person who cares for her mother at home. In this interview the caregiver answers a few questions you may find helpful. How would you answer these questions? 

What is one change that you have experienced during COVID-19? 

Has COVID-19 impacted how you communicate with your loved one, and if so, how? 

When we go through change, it’s not uncommon to experience feelings of uncertainty. Here are a few tips to cope with this change: 

  1. Focus on what you can control. This can be difficult. Start small if you need to. 
  2. Create a sense of routine. If your day has a flow, it can help you and those who you care for to have some peace of mind. 
  3. Add in things that bring joy. Look for things that bring a sense of beauty and meaning and celebrate your accomplishments!

For here for the full interview with Becky and a caregiver.

Remember, you are not alone! Together we will get through this pandemic. 

If you’d like to speak with someone about coping with change as a caregiver, try calling us at Show Me Hope for crisis counseling and mental health support- it’s free and anonymous. We’re here to listen. 

Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Tri-County Mental Health: 816-468-04000