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Advice for a New Family Caregiver

Caregiver in Havana FL

You’ve just stepped into the role as primary family caregiver. It may come from a sudden need, such as an accident or illness, or you may have noticed your parent slowly becoming unable to perform all the daily tasks of living. Here are some tips to help you make a smooth transition into your new role.Caregiver-in-Havana-FL

Group Support

If the family is fragmented and close friends busy, it may be tempting to dun the “I can do it myself” attitude. Don’t. While your role may start out with doing the grocery shopping and preparing a few meals in advance, it can soon escalate to a full time job. Putting a team in place before this transpires makes supporting your loved one that much easier on the both of you. The players don’t all have to live within a ten-mile radius. Your good friend has offered her help, but lives a few hundred miles away. The computer era has created a small world. She can put together the weekly calendar, prepare a menu and pass it on to the grocery shopper, or possibly assist with paying for a senior care provider to help out a few days a week. This is the time to develop a care giving plan with a list of all the tasks and the person responsible for fulfilling them. Nothing is written in stone. You can prepare weekly or monthly plans depending on your group’s needs and schedules. If there appears to be a hole in the schedule that requires filling, consider the aid of an in-home care provider. And don’t forget to include your parent in the decision making, to the best of their ability.

Assess the Environment

You’ll want to be sure your loved one is in a safe environment that allows them to do as much as they can on their own. A sense of self-reliance is important for your parent as aging challenges their esteem. Some things you can do to help promote this are installing grab bars in key places such as the shower and by the toilet. Consider an adjustable seat for the shower and a raised seat for the toilet. Make the lighting good in all rooms and make sure pathways are clear of any wires or obstacles that could be a tripping hazard.

Social Agenda

Two final and very important tips: Make sure the schedule includes social interaction for your parent such as trips to the senior community center, an evening meal, even a short outing. This is a very important element for your parent. And the same is true for you. Make sure you have enough free time that you can lead a balanced life. If this does not appear to be the case, an in-home care provider can offer you the assistance you need. It’s good for you, and it’s good for your parent.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Havana, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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