Handling Criticism as a Caregiver

Something that might surprise you, especially as someone who is newer to caregiving, might be the criticisms that other people feel very comfortable handing out to you on a regular basis. They might do it in such a way that feels very aggressive to you or that implies that you’re a terrible caregiver. Regardless of what the criticism is, it helps to have a plan for managing it.

Caregiver Cumming GA - Handling Criticism as a Caregiver
Caregiver Cumming GA – Handling Criticism as a Caregiver

Pause Before You React at All

When you first get hit by a criticism, you might experience hurt feelings or even embarrassment. That’s perfectly normal. Something else that’s normal is that you might want to respond from your pain and your embarrassment and that can turn an iffy situation to a bad one very quickly. Take a moment and pause before you react at all.

Examine the Criticism

Take a moment and examine the criticism as objectively as you can. The source of the criticism can be another helpful element in analyzing what was said to or about you and your skills as a caregiver. Often criticism from family members comes from not having a full understanding of what’s really going on. Or they may feel that you’re leaving them out of important decisions and information. But the key is to take a closer look at the criticism itself and the circumstances around it.

Look for Something You Can Use

As you look closer, is there something in there that you can use? The message might have been delivered badly or in a painful way, but there might be a small tidbit within that is helpful for you or for your senior. If you can get past the icky parts, you might be able to find that there’s something you can use buried inside.

Try to Respond Positively

If you’ve been able to do all of this fairly quickly, the person who offered you the criticism might still be waiting for your response. But regardless of how thoroughly you’ve been able to analyze what just happened, respond positively. Smile, thank them, and try to move on with your day. Don’t let their criticism ruin the rest of your day.

Learning how to handle positive and negative criticism comes in very handy as a caregiver because you’re going to get more criticism than you ever thought possible. Eventually you’ll be able to let more of this unsolicited advice roll right off your back.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Caregiver Services in Cumming GA, please contact the caring staff. Email: info@realmccoyhc.com • Phone 404-536-1060. The Real McCoy Home Care is your locally owned and managed in-home, non-medical home care agency. Serving North Metro Atlanta.