Just because you’ve accepted the role of primary caregiver doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. Otherwise, you’ll soon burn out. Don’t let that happen when help is within reach:
• Family and friends
Approach them with a specific request. For example, if your sister is a great cook, you can ask her for help with preparing meals. When you appeal to people’s strong points, they’re more likely to say yes.
• Local community
Look for organizations that provide resources for caregivers. For optimum efficiency, use Eldercare Locator, a free public service of the US Administration on Aging. You can search by zip code, city, state, or topic.
• Medical personnel
Ask your counselor, your family member’s doctor, and other medical personnel involved in the patient's healthcare administration. Because they have a full understanding of your situation, they can give tailored advice.
• Online forums
Connect with people who are in the same position as you. Experienced caregivers can provide useful tips on in-home senior care, while new caregivers can offer comfort through the fact that you aren’t alone. Caregiver Action Network and Aging Care are good places to start.
• Professional services
Consider hiring experts in 24/7 elderly care who are bonded, insured, and qualified senior caregivers, such as our compassionate staff at Home Care Advantage. As respected professionals in the field, we know how to develop an effective caring plan that works best for you and your family member. We also offer respite for those times you need a break!
Caregiving for seniors isn’t easy, but if it gets tough, be sure to reach out for support you need and know that we’ll be there for you.
Our 24/7 care givers not only serve elderly folks who need in-home care in the following Sonoma County areas: Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Occidental, Kenwood and Windsor, to name a few, but we also strive help seniors be more socially active and enjoy better health and happiness. To learn more, follow us on Facebook or call us at (707) 205-4343 for an in-home assessment.