We believe caregivers deserve the world. It’s a selfless role to take on and makes a significant difference in a person’s recovery. It can be easy to get lost in the daily tasks and emotional decisions that need to be made. There is no right or wrong way to care for a loved one, but there are some tactics you can try to make it easier for everyone involved.
If you are the primary caregiver for your loved one, it’s very important that you are the most informed person in their life on their condition. Attend doctor’s appointments and ask their doctor any questions you may have. A good way to do this is to have a pad of paper nearby at all times and write down your questions as they come. When you see the doctor, you won’t forget your need to know questions.
In order to take care of yourself and your loved one, it’s going to be best to get organized. Have every medication organized for the week with a pillbox. We would suggest having an area where you have a calendar, all medical information, pills and important phone numbers in one location.
Find a Support Group
Being a caregiver is a wonderful thing, but it can be draining. You may want to seek out a support group for yourself as a caregiver and a support group for your loved one. You may both find it comforting to talk to others who know exactly what you are going through. It will also help you to get ideas on how to handle this new dynamic.
Set Up a Communication Plan
If you are the primary caregiver, you will likely be the point of contact for other family members to be abreast of any new information. Speak with them about how you intend to keep everyone informed. You may want to consider appointing someone else to handle the communication or create a private Facebook group so you only have to disseminate the information once.
Support Your Loved One’s Decisions
Your loved one may have a difficult time adjusting to the independence they are losing. Keep them involved in major decisions and let them know that their opinion is needed and respected.
Take a Break
Every day, get out or take a moment for yourself. In order to take the best care of your loved one, you need to be in your best state mentally.
Maintain Your Health
As a caregiver, you are often constantly making sure your loved one is cared for from exercise to diet. You need to be sure you don’t forget yourself in this. Get out and walk and plan a well-balanced diet for yourself each week. You’ll feel happier and stronger when you do.
Taking care of another person around the clock is a serious commitment. They need your help and have accepted it. You need to do the same in asking others for help before you feel too desperate for some respite. There is no shame in asking for others to help you carry this responsibility.
Taking care of your loved ones can be a tiring yet rewarding task, but knowing when to ask for help will keep things for everyone going smoothly. If you have questions about how to care for a loved one, reach out to PulseAir today!