When you find yourself having to step into the caregiver role, where do you start? How do you know what is best for the person you're caring for? Below we'll discuss a few general tips to create a plan that works for you both.
The Caregiver's Relationship and You
First you have to embrace and establish what the relationship is between you and the person you're caring for. When caring for an older adult, it's important to understand their immediate health needs. For instance if you're caring for someone who has limited mobility, you might be asked to help them move around when they need to. As well, it's good to have great communication with their doctor(s) so that they can guide you on how to care for them properly. Medicare Part A covers skilled nursing facilities, hospice care and some aspects of home health care, so there are options for your care giving needs.
The Caregiver's Mental and Physical Needs
Both the caregiver's and the loved one, need to have their physical and mental needs met. Whether you're caring part-time or full-time, it can be an overwhelming process. As a caregiver, you need to prioritize self-care so that you're strong enough to keep giving care to your loved ones; "you can't pour from an empty cup." Self-care can include the following:
Getting an adequate amount of rest/sleep
Writing in a journal of your experience
Fitting physical activity into your routine
Doing activities that you love
Your Loved One's Mental and Physical Needs
Caring for your loved one is the priority, it is imperative that you understand what they need from you. This can be a difficult process, as your loved one is going through a transitional phase of depending on you now. As some older adults lived independently, it will probably be difficult for them adjust to this newer way of living. As the caregiver try to still keep their normal activities in the household; if they used to cook and clean include them in those activities if they're able to. This also helps you with chores and gives them a sense of normalcy.
With these simple tips to consider, you and your loved can enjoy each other's time during this overwhelming process. Although it's never easy to take on another load of caring for someone, it helps to prioritize what needs to be done before your loved one arrives. If you need help figuring out you or a loved one's care giving needs, please don't hesitate to call a Trusted Senior Specialists at 1-855-474-6234 or just click the button below to schedule your appointment!
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