If you have recently become a caregiver to your loved one, you might feel alone or that you don’t know what to do or if you are doing it right. The truth is, you don’t have to figure it out all on your own. Here are three things you should know as a new caregiver:
Educate Yourself on Your Loved One’s Condition
Go to the doctor with your loved one so that you can keep on top of their health and any conditions that might arise. Take notes and don’t be afraid to ask questions so that you stay well-informed on medications and possible side effects and interactions, complications to watch out for, and care instructions for the specific condition.
Not only will you be more informed on your family member’s overall health and care, this also helps you to establish a line of communication between you and their medical provider. Once you are familiarized, pass this information along to your family members so that they can be informed and can know how they can help.
Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself
When you find yourself in a caregiving role towards your aging parents or other family members, it’s easy to let your own needs fall by the wayside. You might feel guilty for leaving your loved one and worry about them while you are gone. But ultimately, this does both you and your loved one a disservice. If you don’t respect your emotional and physical needs, you can quickly burn out.
To be the best caregiver you can be for your loved one, take the time to make sure you are eating a properly balanced diet and are getting a full night’s sleep. Also allow yourself emotional outlets—it’s okay to have lunch with friends, pursue a hobby, and take breaks in general. Our caregivers at Glendale AZ can provide the assistance you need so you can take the time to take care of yourself.
Know That Asking for Help Isn’t Failure
Many caregivers of parents or other family members feel an incredible pressure to do it all on their own. This can frequently mean balancing full-time caretaking with a job, spouse, children, and other responsibilities. Admitting you can’t do it on your own and asking for help can feel like failure, but the truth is, you are only human. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and ask for help.
Reaching out for assistance is much better for both you and your loved one in the long run than trying to do it all on your own. This can take many forms, such as talking to your siblings to re-delegate responsibilities, asking your spouse and older children to help out, and hiring a caregiver through an agency.
Figuring out how to be a good caregiver to your loved one doesn’t have to be a solitary journey. Feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.