From Personal Safety Nets® Getting Ready for Life’s Inevitable Challenges and Changes“ by Dr. John W. Gibson and Judy Pigott.
We have observed that when care-team members demonstrate the following attitudes and behaviors, they allow care receivers to develop and use their strength, flexibility, and resourcefulness.
• Openly and honestly communicating with the care partner.
• Clarifying roles, expectations, and limits.
• Communicating, negotiating, and partnering with him about what each will attempt to do.
• Being consistent and dependable, feeling responsible to but not for him.
• Doing your best to clarify assumptions and ask for feedback.
• Remembering to reach for humor and humility when other tools elude you.
Think: Can you separate being needy from asking for help?
List: What scares you? List even the fears that sound silly.
Get help: If you’ve seriously or specifically considered suicide, call 911 or your crisis center.