Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Helpful Suggestions for In Home Caregivers: Part 1

Although caregiving is a fulfilling experience, it can also be a challenging one, especially if you are a younger family member who hasn't done it before. The additional responsibilities that come with in-home elderly care can feel heavy if you don't get enough support in your role as a caregiver.
But before you can accomplish your tasks effectively, you have to deal with your emotions first:
Fear -- You're worried about whether or not you're able to carry out your caregiving duties on top of your other responsibilities.
Anger -- You can't help but feel resentful that you're burdened with delivering caregiving services while your peers and family members are living a carefree life.
Guilt -- You love your elderly family member, so you feel bad about being angry at the thought of looking after them.
Grief -- You feel a sense of loss over the dreams you put on hold in order to become a caregiver, and also the health of your senior family member as they become frail in their old age.
Instead of denying the existence of these normal emotions, acknowledge and accept what you're feeling so that you can find the support system you need as soon as possible. You can turn to other family members or friends who are willing to lend an ear. If you're in touch with your spiritual side, you can go to a place of worship. You can also seek local and national caregiver organizations. If things get much tougher than you expected, don't hesitate to visit a therapist or a counselor. Always remember that good caregivers take care of themselves.
At Home Care Advantage, we provide in home assessments and respite care for family caregivers to ensure you have peace of mind when you need a break from caring for your elderly loved one in Santa Rosa, California and the surrounding Sonoma County region. Each in home senior caregivers is carefully vetted, bonded, insured, reliable and trustworthy.  Our elderly caregiving services are tailored to the requirements of individual clients to provide comfort and assistance to the people you care about most. 
Reach out to us on Facebook or call us at (707) 205-4343 for more information.

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