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Top 5 Starting Tips for New Family Caregivers

Caregiver in Madison FL

According to the Huffington Post, two out of every five adults in the United States care for sick or elderly relatives (Abutaleb). Starting out fresh as a new family caregiver? Not sure where to Caregiver in Madison FLbegin? These five tips of caregiving wisdom can help shed light on this confusing subject.

1. Be informed. Caregiving is a life-changing, long term commitment. Before getting started, it’s wise for new caregivers to talk with their family and loved ones about home care in advance. If applicable, communicate with the future patient and find out what they desire the outcome to be. Then, conduct sound research to answer any questions. Caregiver associations, the internet, local senior centers, and professional guidance are all good researching sources.

2. Be prepared. Organize the patient’s important documents ahead to time to make performing future tasks easier. Living wills, identification, medical history, deeds, titles, certificates, and other records may be required on occasion for different reasons. Keeping these documents together in one place gives the caregiver peace of mind and one less thing to worry about.

3. Get to know the patient’s health care providers. At the onset of the caregiving process, take the time to get to know each health care provider that the patient regularly visits. A good caregiver-healthcare provider relationship works as a team to achieve what’s best for the senior patient. Using a single notebook helps keep appointments, contact info, and medications on track. When not in use, keep the notebook near the rest of the important documents to make it easily accessible when needed.

4. Don’t forget – take care of yourself, too! All too often a family caregiver’s health declines from neglect of caring for oneself. An elderly patient can only receive the best care by a well caregiver. Allocate one day each week to take a break and recharge, and find a trusted friend or relative to take care of your loved one while you are gone. Help and guidance from other caregivers is also important.

5. Learn to live in the moment. In the midst of the challenges that come to caregivers, remember that caregiving is a lifelong journey. Family caregivers care for their patients simply because they love and care about them in the first place. Take time to appreciate life’s daily miracles and create new memories with the ones you care for. Each day is a gift to enjoy with them.

Family caregiving is hard work and a long-term commitment, but its rewards enrich lives and are worth the effort. With a little forethought and planning, new caregivers can make the transition easier for themselves and those around them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Madison,  Florida, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552 , (GA) 229-236-5552 . Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.