Lifespan Caregiver Advisors can recommend solutions and guide you as you navigate the care giving process.
Being a Caregiver/ Care Partner...
There are many different types of family caregiver situations. You may be taking care of either an aging parent, an individual with a disability, or member of the community. Perhaps you're caring for a child with a physical or mental illness. Regardless of your particular circumstances, this is facing a challenging new role.
If you're like most caregivers, you don't have formal training for the responsibilities you now face. And you probably never anticipated you'd be in this situation. You may not even live very close . At the same time, you love the person you are caring for and want to provide the best care you can. The good news is that you don't have to be a nursing expert, a superhero, or a saint in order to be a good caregiver. With the right help and support, you can be an effective, loving care partner without having to sacrifice yourself in the process.
For the New Caregiver/Care Partner...
Learn as much as you can about person's illness or disability and about how to be a caregiver. The more you know, the less anxiety you’ll feel about your new role and the more effective you’ll be.
Seek out other caregivers. It helps to know you’re not alone. It’s comforting to give and receive support from others who understand what you’re going through.
Trust your instincts. Remember, you know your the member best. Don’t ignore what doctors and specialists tell you, but listen to your gut, too.
Encourage the individuals independence. Caregiving does not mean doing everything for your loved one. Be open to technologies and strategies that allow your family member to be as independent as possible.
Know your limits. Be realistic about how much of your time and yourself you can give. Set clear limits, and communicate those limits to doctors, family members, and other people involved.