If you are someone who expects to provide care for an aging parent or other elderly loved one, you likely have a number of questions and reservations. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that the professionals at Elder Care Direction receive so that you can understand what to expect.
1. Who serves as a caregiver?
Most often, caregivers are the spouses of aging adults who need some additional assistance with the tasks of daily living. Adult children also sometimes serve as caregivers for their aging parents. Other people such as family friends or neighbors may serve as caregivers. Finally, there are professional caregivers who serve in these roles.
2. What do caregivers do?
Caregivers may offer a range of services to elderly adults. They may offer emotional support and assistance with activities such as cleaning, cooking, transportation, and medication management. Caregivers may schedule doctor appointments and make certain that their charges are able to get to and from their appointments.
3. What is it like to care for someone who is dying?
Caring for your loved one during the final stages of his or her life can be emotionally difficult. There isn’t a right or wrong way to provide care. The most important thing is your presence. You can reassure your loved one in whatever way with which you are comfortable.
4. How do you cope with being a caregiver?
It is important for you to take time for yourself when you are serving as a caregiver so that you can avoid burnout and depression. Some of the things that you can do to cope with caregiving include the following:
- Accept help;
- Learn about resources that are available to you;
- Take it one day at a time;
- Prioritize your own mental and physical health;
- Plan ahead and have contingency plans in place;
- Make certain to get plenty of rest and to eat well;
- Take breaks; and
- Talk to others about your feelings.
Who can I talk to?
If you are preparing to become a caregiver for your elderly loved one, you can talk with the professionals at Elder Care Direction. We have a number of different senior care advisors who are able to help to guide you through the different types of elder care issues. Call us today to schedule a consultation.