Having access to experienced care providers can do so much for you as a family caregiver. If you’re not sure yet if that’s something you would benefit from, take a look through this list.
Tasks You Don’t Have Time to Do
Being a caregiver means that your task list is longer than you can get to in a day or even a week unless you’re willing to accept help from other people. Breaking down your task list can help you to make sure you don’t drop any of the responsibilities that you’re juggling. Grocery shopping, light cleaning, and even meal preparation are all tasks you can take off your own to do list with help from elderly care providers.
Tasks Your Senior Isn’t Comfortable Getting Your Help to Do
Some aging adults are nervous about having close family members help them with personal care tasks, such as bathing, toileting, or even getting dressed. If that’s the case with your elderly family member, then having some help from an outside source, such as home care providers, removes a lot of stress and ensures that your aging adult has the help that she needs.
Transporting Your Aging Adult for You
If your elderly family member is unable to drive for herself anymore, the last thing that anyone wants is for her to feel as if she’s trapped at home. But driving is definitely not an option, so you must explore other ideas. One solid idea is to have senior care providers who are able to offer both companionship and safe transportation for your elderly family member.
Giving You Advice about Smaller Issues
You’ve probably got a great deal of support from your elderly family member’s doctor for the big issues, but it’s not so easy to get help with smaller issues that can confound caregivers. One of the ways that you can get help with these problems that confound you but aren’t big enough to mention to her doctor is to ask home care providers. They’ve got experience with issues just like the ones you’re dealing with and they can give you great advice.
Figure out in which area of caregiving you need the most assistance and then assign responsibilities from there. This is a good rule of thumb whether you’re getting help from home care providers or other family members.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Huntington, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions.
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Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer’s disease through the Long Island Alzheimer’s Association and the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation.She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing cognitive stimulation to an Alzheimer’s patient group.
Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations.Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.
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