The Basics of Care

Are you a new caregiver? Have you been so overwhelmed by your duties as a caregiver that you haven’t yet developed a support plan? Let me help you by going over some of the basics of care. Over the next months or years, you will most certainly experience a wide range of emotions and events, some positive and others not.  As you think about all that awaits you, or even your current struggles, it can all seem a bit beyond your control. Depending on your situation, you may be overwhelmed as you consider how much time, money, and energy it takes to be a caregiver. However, there are steps you can take to help you meet the challenges of today and prepare for your future.

Caregiving, while rich in many benefits, can truly be an overwhelming experience. Because of this, you will need to create a support team made up of individuals that you can call on for help. By reaching out for help, you are not only showing your true strength of character but it shows just how much you care about your loved one’s well-being that you would seek to offer them the very best in care, even when it’s not you. Sit down with your support team and determine who among them might be able to take over some of the tasks that you are currently doing for your loved one. Do not let fear keep you from asking for what you need. There is no room for shyness here and if your team doesn’t know what you want if they are not told. Once you know who can help and how they can help, you need to determine what tasks you do best and what tasks others could better manage.

It will prove helpful for you, as the primary caregiver, to organize a schedule or calendar of duties detailing when a particular task should be completed and by whom. Keep this calendar and contact information of your support team members in a readily accessible location. This will allow you to establish a stress-lowering routine that you, your support team and your loved one can easily rely on.

It is also imperative that you identify the resources that will most likely be able to help you along your caregiving journey. The selection of those resources will depend on your loved one’s medical condition, physical abilities and future prognosis. For example, if your loved one has Alzheimer’s, seek out websites, literature, and support groups devoted to individuals with that condition. The more you know about the condition and how it will progress, the better your care will be now and in the future.

These caregiver basics are recommended to serve only as a guide to help you manage your responsibilities as a caregiver. Keep in mind, that it is the smallest of victories that often count the most in the end.  Here at Above & Beyond Compassionate Care LLC, we know that caregiving can be hard work and we hope that the information we share and the services we offer will help you in the days, months and years ahead. We also believe that caregiving is a unique opportunity for you and your loved one to develop a deeper and more loving relationship. We will help and support you any way that we can along this journey.