How to Avoid Caregiver Guilt

Guilt is a normal part of caregiving — you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t experience it, no matter how well or poorly you’re doing the tasks involved. But one type of caregiver is especially vulnerable: the perfectionist.

Perfectionist caregivers have high standards. They demand a lot of others, and more of themselves. They can’t bear a late payment or medicine dosage, a messy kitchen, the first hint of a bedsore. And they’re always feeling guilty about something going wrong — because real life never can live up to impossible standards. Things happen in caregiving. Aim not to be an “A-plus” caregiver, but a “B-plus” one. Your loved one will be happy and well — and you’ll be sane.

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