Until you’re in the role of caregiver it’s hard to imagine the stress associated with caring for another. In the beginning of your role as caregiver the needs you’re addressing for your elderly loved ones may be simple, a short visit or a trip to the grocery store. As time goes on though, their needs will increase to the point where it will almost seem like you’re taking on a new full time job. For those in the “sandwich generation” so called for those who are raising their own families, concentrating on their careers and taking on the role of caregiver for their adult parents, it can be a daunting task.
LifeFone, provider of home medical alert systems offers these tips for caregivers:
- Thoroughly understand what your responsibilities are when caring for your elderly relative. If you have other family members around you should divvy up the responsibilities.
- Knowing as much as possible about the senior you’re caring is crucial to understanding their particular ailments, likes, dislikes and routines.
- Remain in-the-know about the ongoing health conditions of the individuals you’re caring for. You need to be apprised of any changes in health status or medication needs. If there are changes in activities or foods that need to be added or avoided.
- Let the senior you’re caring for do as much for him or her as possible. Keeping active and staying involved in everyday routines and tasks will help them to stay healthy, alert and involved. Additionally, anger can set in with the senior when they see their independence slipping away.
- If you’re having a bad day, don’t take it out on the senior. If possible swap days with another caregiver. It may be difficult at times but you need to show the senior warmth and concern because they are dealing with aging and in many cases it is a frightening time for them as they watch their independence slipping away.
- Take time to simply sit and visit. Many senior citizens look forward to company simply because they want someone to listen. Even if there are times your elderly loved one seems to slip into the past, it’s important that you are patient and give them time to spend time with you.
- Ask for additional help if you need it. If you’re in a situation where you’re the only family member available to help out your aging parent, you need to be willing to ask for help. Whether you need to call in additional caregivers or a home healthcare aide, there will come a time when you need to rely on the expertise of others, especially as your parents continue to age and their needs become more than you can handle on your own.
The ability to age in place is a gift that you can give to your elderly relatives and this is made even more possible through the use of a home medical alert system.
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