If you’re a new family caregiver, it’s important to start things off on the right foot. Failing to do that can start you out at a deficit and keep you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Try some of these ideas to help you keep everything at a level you can manage.
Learn about Your Loved One’s Health
As you learn more and more about your elderly loved one’s health, you’re in a better position to be able to help her manage it. Talk with her doctor and do some research on your own. You’ll learn even more during your time as a family caregiver, but if you can start soaking up information quickly, it will pay off massively.
Ask about Resources for Your Loved One and for You
Your loved one’s doctor and local health agencies such as your health department can give you some information about resources and senior agencies in the area that can do a lot for your loved one. Take advantage of these resources as much as you can. They’re there for you to be able to utilize and they can put you in touch with other resources as you and your loved one need them.
Find as Much Help as You Can
Talk to your other family members, friends, and neighbors about how they can help you and your elderly loved one. If you need more experienced help, look into hiring elder care providers to give you a hand. You can never have too much help as a caregiver, and it’s important to have that network of available helpers established early on.
Take Time Away to Recharge, Even from the Beginning
Another step you need to take from the very beginning is to get into the habit of taking regular time away from caregiving. You have to be able to recharge yourself, or you’ll wind up feeling stressed out constantly. Your own health is just as important as your elderly loved one’s health and having time away enables you to be able to stop and pay attention to you.
Being good to yourself will help you to be good to your elderly loved one.
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