If you’re a caregiver, chances are you’ve had questions, such as:
Q. I feel I never have time for myself anymore, but caregiving requires 100% of my attention. How can I find a better balance in my life?
A. Caregiving can take a heavy emotional and physical toll, but a common misconception is that you’re not doing enough if you’re not giving your loved one 100%. However, this can be detrimental to you and lead to caregiver fatigue and burnout. It can also cause your loved one to feel stressed and resentful. My suggestion is to develop a support network, ask family members for help, learn about what we do as professional care managers, and take care of yourself by getting enough rest, exercise, and good nutrition. Time off from caregiving is an absolute necessity for your mental and physical wellbeing. To find more information and resources about managing caregiver stress, check out these websites: https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/caregiver-stress and https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/4-things-you-can-do-to-alleviate-caregiver-stress
Q. My parents are in their 80’s and getting frailer. They still live at home but I’m concerned about fall prevention. How can I make their home as safe and accessible as possible for them?
A. Many seniors want to age in place and live as independently as possible, and preventing falls is key. Some considerations are ramps at the front and back doors, grab bars, adequate lighting, removing throw rugs and other slipping hazards, putting frequently used objects within easy reach, and reducing clutter so that your parents can move about easily. Check out these resources to make your parents’ home safer and reach out to us to help figure out good options to keep your loved one safe at home: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/infographics/aging-place-tips-making-home-safe-and-accessible and https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/info-2019/safety-tips.html
Q. How can I find caregiving resources in my area? My elderly father was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and he’s going to need in-home care soon.
We are available to work with you to locate the appropriate level of care and services for your loved one with cognitive decline. There are different services available for different levels of care needs. You can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, support groups, and more at https://www.alz.org/. You can also check out online resources such as https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx, your local Area Agency on Aging, and https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-resources/.
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