Tips For The Family Caregiver
When a parent gets older and can no longer live independently, many families elect an established sibling to take them into their home. Rather than putting them into an assisted living facility, people find this option more ideal financially and emotionally for the loved one.
With that said, it is a lot of stress on the family caregiver. They must adjust their lives and their career. In some situations, the caregiver must be with that person full-time. While the caregiver loves their family member, the responsibility can weigh on a person after a while.
If you are a family caregiver, you must be sure to take time for yourself! Don’t feel like you can’t ask a family member to come over for a while so you can take time for yourself. Go get a pedicure or play a round of golf every week. Find a way to get out of the house and take time to clean your plate mentally.
Another big tip is to not carry all the weight. Involve your family members and encourage them to be an active presence in your loved one’s life. Invite them over for family dinners and encourage them to spend one-on-one time with him or her.
You are not just a physical helper – you must also support your loved one emotionally. This can be very draining. Make sure you have an emotional support system of family and friends that can be there for you through tough times.
While using a family caregiver to tend to an aging loved one is a good option, there comes a point when that person will have medical needs that you may not be able to meet without professional training. Your decision to get professional health or seek out assisted living centers is not selfish if it is what the person needs. Always side on the health and well-being of your family member and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
There are plenty of message boards and support groups for family caregivers that can be an excellent resource when you and your family are looking for answers. We encourage you to seek out these support systems to enhance your life and the life of your loved one in need.