As a new family caregiver, there are all sorts of complications for you to work out. Some of those may require asking yourself some questions you might not have considered in the past. Taking the time to really think about these answers can help you to make sure you’re prepared for your caregiving journey.
Are You Taking Care of Yourself Already?
One hurdle that some family caregivers have a tough time clearing is the one about caring for themselves first. It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. It’s truly essential. If you’re not already eating right, getting enough sleep, and otherwise taking care of your health, you’re going to find the demands of caregiving to be extremely difficult to bear.
Do You Know What Your Boundaries Are?
Most people have boundaries in their daily lives, but they don’t think about them very often. When it comes to caregiving, however, you need to have boundaries and understand what they are. You can only do so much, no matter how much you want to help your loved one. You may come to a point when something comes up against your boundary and you have to say no.
Do You Have Help Lined Up?
Regardless of how little care your elderly loved one needs, you still need to have help. You may want to join a support group, hire elder care providers, or seek out other professionals, such as nutritionists. All of these different levels of help make your life easier and provide your loved one with the assistance that she needs.
Is Your Loved One Open to Accepting Help?
If your elderly loved one finds it difficult to accept help from other people, your job as a family caregiver is likely to be more difficult than you might anticipate. Helping your elderly loved one warm up to the help that you and other people are willing to provide can take some time. If she doesn’t warm up to the idea, you might find that other family members have a difficult time continuing to offer any help.
Even if you’re not completely ready right now, that’s okay. You can find the answers to these questions throughout your caregiving journey as you learn.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Walnut Creek, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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