Belle didn’t know the first thing about being an in-home care provider, but when she decided that she would be the one to care for her mother, she wasn’t about to fail. Belle had always been a driven, success-oriented individual and this was a matter of pride for her mother. There were few things that she couldn’t handle, and she was reticent to admit when she had reached her limit.
Yet within the first couple of weeks caring for he mother, she realized that she was going to have to push herself –emotionally as well as physically- to her limits in order to provide the right level of care for her mother.
Belle began waking up 30 minutes early every morning in order to have enough time to stop by and check on her mother and help her out of bed if she needed assistance. Some days were better than others for her mother, and it was impossible to tell until she arrived at the house. Within a week, though, she was waking up an hour and a half earlier and was still just getting to work on time.
In the evenings, her mother seemed far more independent at first, but within a few days, her mother was calling Belle to ask for help with one thing or another. Belle was fine with this at first, but soon she was running back and forth every day and each instance seemed to be another emergency situation.
This was beginning to impact her professional life as well as her relationships. She used to spend one afternoon a week getting together with her friends for dinner, talking about their families, careers, men, and anything else they could think of. She had given that up for the past month and her friends weren’t calling to check on her much anymore, either.
She had started dating a gentlemen she met at the supermarket, but since she couldn’t find the time to go out with him, he seemed to move on to someone else. Belle didn’t set any limits and actually gave up far more than she would have agreed to in the beginning. She was stressed and her care of her mother was slipping.
Belle and her mother would have been better off hiring home care services for her mother. Sometimes, when you don’t set limits, you end up eroding the things that matter to you most.
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