If you’ve recently either voluntarily or involuntarily taken on the role of caregiver for a loved one and you’re feeling frightened, angry, confused, and overwhelmed, the good news is that it’s all perfectly normal. It can be a daunting task for most and clearly, you’re showing clear implications that you’re a human. Whether you are doing the hands on work yourself, or hiring a company like ours, we’ve put together the top 5 tips to aid caregivers who assist elderly and others with physical and/or mental illnesses.
- Research & Learn- Engulf yourself in books, web surfing, and other resources to learn more about what your loved one is dealing with. Knowledge is power, and it increases confidence, so do what you can to learn about the illness or diagnosis you loved one is facing.
- Seek Support– We’re not designed to be superheroes! We might be able to multitask well, but when it comes down to it, we all need support at one time or another. There are others in your own community experiencing the same emotions and responsibilities as you, seek them out. Consult local churches, medical facilities, or community/senior centers to find peer support.
- Be an advocate. Part of your new-found role is to be an advocate when your loved one needs it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and voice concerns to doctors and other medical professionals. Trust your intuition and remember that your loved one will need you to be their voice from time to time.
- Continue to feed your soul. Just because you’ve taken on this role it doesn’t mean your life stops in its tracks. The more you do to feed your soul, the better you will be for your loved one. Whether its journal writing, walking, or cooking (to name a few) be sure to fit that into your routine so that you feel your best for your loved one.
- Tag in. What we mean by this is, ask for help. If you need a break, if you need support, or if you need additional hands on deck…ASK! You cannot be expected to be on the clock 24/7. Whether it’s another family member or a home care agency, there are people out there that can assist.
For more information on support, please contact our office at 860-346-0771.