FREE Elder Care Tips & Tools to help you care for your
aging loved one.
Caregiving means caring for a family member as the result of aging, illness, or a medical procedure. Becoming a family caregiver happens gradually and many times you may not even know it is happening. For instance, your aging parent may need your help going to the doctor’s office and picking up their prescriptions, and then suddenly you find yourself devoting much more of your time to “helping” your parent with all of their daily tasks and chores. Understanding your role as a caregiver is the first step to determining the kinds of resources you need. ElderCare at Home wants to provide you with Tips & Tools to introduce you to this new role as a caregiver so you know what you can expect as responsibilities become more demanding. Download Caregiving 101 Tips & Tools and learn more!
Finding the Best Community Resources
If your loved one has been diagnosed with a debilitating disease or suffered a serious illness or injury, it is crucial to know what community resources are available to help. The first step is to understand the needs of your loved one and, consequently, the needs of you and your family. Identifying these specific needs will then help you identify the specific resources available. In order to do this, you may want to organize a meeting with your family to get everyone’s input. There are a number of community resources available in Palm Beach County to help you provide elder care at home. Download Finding the Best Community Resources Tips & Tools and learn more!
Working While Managing Elder Care
The US elderly population will double from approximately 46 million to 98 million by the year 2060. As a result, there will be a desperate need for caregivers. Historically, a majority of women used to adopt the role as a caregiver much more than men.
However, as more women are entering the workforce, this is becoming less likely. Many individuals today have difficulty dividing their time at work with role as a family caregiver. As a result, both men and women find that caregiving begins to interfere with their professional lives, which sometimes results in individuals leaving their job. Fortunately there are resources that exist to help provide you relief.
Emotional Aspects of Caregiving
Being a family caregiver can often evoke very unpleasant and complicated emotions. The reason is because you are often thrown into a state of crisis, which leads to crises in other domains of your life. You should know, however, that this is a normal part of caregiving.
This tip sheet is aimed at making you aware of some of the complicated emotions you might be experiencing. Being aware of these often intense emotions can be the first step in managing them and understanding that they are a normal part of your caregiving experience.
When Your Loved One Says NO to Home Care
Your loved one may not immediately like the idea of having an outside caregiver come into their home. There can be many reasons why your loved one is resistant. For instance, they may feel like their privacy is being invaded, that they are losing control, or that finances are an issue.
Despite how your loved one feels, in-home care is often a necessary service to help care for your loved one and to give you some relief. ElderCare at Home hopes to provide you with some advice on how you can make this transition easier for your loved one.
Driving & Dementia
Driving with dementia can be dangerous. However, if your loved one has dementia, it does not mean that he or she is unable to drive. It means that, at a certain point, they should stop driving for safety reasons. However, determining this point is difficult since dementia impacts people in various and non-uniform ways.
Because dementia is usually a progressive disease, the condition will worsen over time, which will mean that an individual’s capabilities for doing activities diminishes. Additionally, people who have dementia will handle the various stages of the disease in various ways.
Some people will not be easily convinced that they should no longer drive, others may recognize their own limitations. As a result, it is the responsibility of family members and friends to decide when to intervene before a serious accident occurs.
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The role of a family caregiver can come with many difficult emotions to manage. Read ElderCare’s blog to learn how you can manage them healthily.