Caregiving and Maintaining Friendships

snoopy n woodstockCaring for a frail or elderly loved one is a labor of love–one that often requires tremendous sacrifices from the caregiver.  One of those sacrifices may be that the caregiver’s friendships are compromised.  The time commitment required from the caregiver to meet the needs of their loved one and see to all their other responsibilities leaves little time for leisure and social activities.  As a result, some friendships go by the wayside.  Sometimes, too, friends will avoid the caregiver because they don’t know what to do or say to support the caregiver’s efforts.  Whatever the reason, sometimes valued friendships end when someone becomes a caregiver. Caregivers can do things to preserve their existing friendships.  This article provides ideas caregivers can use to maintain their network of friends and provide some needed respite from challenges of caregiving.

Are you caring for a frail or elderly loved one?  We can help.  St. Francis Healthcare System offers a full range of services to assist families in caring for their loved ones.  For more information about the services we provide, please call us at (808) 547-6500.  We understand, and we want to help.