As our loved ones age, they may require additional care and support, which can be challenging for families to manage on their own. The stress of caregiving can be overwhelming, and it’s important to recognize when you need outside assistance. Hiring a care manager can provide you with a professional who can help you navigate the complexities of aging care challenges. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of hiring a care manager, as well as tips for managing stress and finding support as a family caregiver.
Understand the Challenges You Face
As a caregiver for an aging parent, you likely understand the various challenges that come with this responsibility. From physical health issues to emotional stress, you are dealing with so much. As a care manager, I can offer guidance and advice on how to deal with these challenges, providing practical solutions to help you care for your loved one. I have helped hundreds in our local community navigate care and reduce their stress and with streamlined care decisions, costs are reduced as well.
Create a Support System
Caregiving can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes family doesn’t understand the burden of caregiving and you might feel alone. I can help you connect with support in the community so that you can connect with other caregivers in your area or online and form a support network. These individuals can offer you emotional support, share their experiences, and provide advice on how to manage care challenges. You may also consider joining a support group for caregivers that specialize in aging care challenges. Support is often better with those who have gone through what you’re going through or are also going through it at the same time.
Reach Out for Help
Many of us were raised with a sense of obligation to care for all our parent’s needs when it’s “our turn” to take care of them. That is a shared experience of many caregivers I’ve met. What I like to remind caregivers is that it’s okay to ask for assistance when it comes to caring for an aging parent. Those around you don’t always know if you’re overwhelmed, stressed out, or just need a break. When you’re in the moment it can be hard to ask for help as you’re so busy juggling everything and we tend to think that only we can handle it all or we don’t have time to teach someone else. Consider reaching out to family, friends, or professionals for help. There are so many options to help with care in the community and I often assist with doctor appointments, prescription management, and know how to get help with daily tasks such as bathing and dressing.
Make Time for Yourself
One of the biggest mistakes caregivers make is neglecting their own needs. Remember that if you are the primary caregiver and you burn out, who will take over? Taking care of a loved one is often a full-time job, but it’s essential to schedule time in your day where you can have some quiet time or engage in activities that make you happy. Let’s work together to find some respite services or activities that can help you take a break and recharge.
Utilize Resources Offered
The community offers resources to help support caregivers of aging parents. Adult daycare centers and senior centers offer activities and programs that can help keep your loved one active and engaged, while also giving you a break. Additionally, some insurance plans may offer caregiver support benefits that can assist with respite care. I’m able to help review insurance benefits to make sure that you’re getting the most out of what the policy offers. The same goes for VA benefits or other entitlements.
Caring for an aging parent is a significant responsibility that can take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being. Hiring a care manager can help you navigate aging care challenges and provide the support you need to manage stress effectively. Remember, you’re not alone. By creating a support system, reaching out for help, making time for yourself, and utilizing available resources, you can provide the best possible care for your loved one while taking care of yourself.
If you or someone in your family are facing aging challenges, please give us a call at 561-291-3699 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help.