Being a family caregiver, whether for a child or elder, can be extremely challenging to say the least. Most people who take care of a disabled family member have careers, children and many other responsibilities of their own.
Trying to juggle personal, caregiving and everyday needs can be hard on many individuals. There are many things to consider to keep you and your disabled loved ones safe and healthy.
The responsibility of being a family caregiver can cause issues like stress, isolation and extreme fatigue just to name a few. It is important to get help wherever possible. Help can come in the form of other family members and professional caregivers.
Caregiving can be temporary, such as taking care of a loved one after surgery. It can also be a lifetime commitment for a physically or mentally disabled child. It can also mean taking care of an elderly parent.
Know the Role – Family Caregiver
Whatever the situation, being a family caregiver is a difficult role especially if you have not been trained in caring for a disabled child or elderly parent. If you are new to family caregiving here are a few things to consider:
- Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s disability or illness. Becoming well informed can help reduce stress and help to know what to expect.
- Look to other caregivers who can help you with their knowledge. It helps to receive help from those who have been through exactly the same situations.
- Encourage your loved one to be as independent as they can. Taking care of someone doesn’t mean you have to do everything for them. Take advantage of technologies that are available.
- Know your limits. Communicate to healthcare providers and other family members, what your time limits are and be realistic
- Trust your instincts. Don’t ignore what health care providers tell you, but at the same time trust what your gut is telling you as well.
When placed in the role of a family caregiver it is important to accept your own feelings. Taking care of a disabled loved one can set off all kinds of feelings. It is very common to feel guilt, anxiety, doubt, fear, hopelessness etc.
Don’t waste any time worrying if you experience these feelings, it’s normal. These are all human feelings. The important thing is to talk about them. Find someone that you can confide in.
Find Support and Network
There are also other places that you can look to for support, other than other family members or close friends, such as church, local hospital and counselors.
Throughout this whole process, it is very important to take care of yourself! It is easy to find yourself distracted from the things that need to get done in your personal life. You can get burned out and overwhelmed.
Take the time to relax and do the things that you enjoy and keep up on all of your hobbies. Stay social and interact with friends. Stay active in your exercise routines. Give yourself breaks!
How Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah can help: We are here to assist with you with taking care of a disabled family member or elder care. Any caregiver who enters your home goes through our process of background checks, drug testing, interviews, and references. Reference our respite care page to learn about short term care. We are also licensed and bonded. Please refer to our Senior Advocacy page for more information. If you would like Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah to advocate for you and your loved one, please call us at (435) 669-3704.
The Golden Heart Promise: We will provide excellent care to our valued Clients, advocate for their rights, and personify the compassion of a Golden Heart. Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah, St. George, Cedar City would be happy to assist you or your loved one with in-home care. Please contact us today for more information on how we can help. You’re in Caring Hands With Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah.