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Tips on How to Be a Great Caregiver to Your Elderly Loved One

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The everyday challenges of being a family caregiver can be overwhelming, but you need to remain compassionate, committed, and attentive. Caregivers must customize their senior parents’ care based on individual care needs. There’s no way to know what issues you might encounter, but maintaining a positive mindset and using some of the tips listed below can help you be the best caregiver to your aging loved one.

Visit Often

If your loved one lives alone, try to visit him or her a few times each week. You can also check in via telephone, video chat, emails, and text messages. Frequent visits and constant communication will let your parent know he or she is loved. It doesn’t matter if you only stay for a couple of hours each day or talk on the phone for a few minutes at a time. The gesture may be enough to put a smile on your loved one’s face.

Educate Yourself

If you’re like most family caregivers, you’ve assumed your caregiving role with little or no experience. Lack of knowledge doesn’t have to stop you from learning how to be the best caregiver you can be. Find out more about your loved one’s illness and care needs by searching online, speaking with his or her medical providers, or joining a caregiver support group. The more you learn, the easier your caregiving duties could be. Taking the time to determine what’s essential to your loved one’s needs allows you to provide care that enhances quality of life and boosts longevity. 

A trained professional caregiver can also be a valuable member of your caregiving team. There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional elderly home care. Austin families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Ask for Help

Taking on too much could increase your risk of developing hypertension, chronic stress, or caregiver burnout, which puts your health in jeopardy and diminishes the quality of care you can provide to your parent. A great family caregiver knows when to take a break and how to ask others for help. Getting assistance prevents you from having an emotional or physical breakdown. If you’re unable to receive support from your family and close friends, you should use respite care services. Having someone come in and help out from time to time allows you to practice self-care, maintain a professional and social life, and do things that bring you joy.

Whether you need respite from your caregiving duties or your aging loved one needs live-in care, Austin, TX, Home Care Assistance can meet your family’s care needs. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, ensure seniors take their prescribed medications, and help with a variety of tasks in and outside the home.

Don’t Hesitate to Act

When it pertains to your loved one’s health and safety, never be afraid to do what needs to be done. Fear could prevent you from speaking up when you notice your loved one’s treatment isn’t working. If this happens, notify the doctor immediately so he or she can provide an alternative treatment plan. If your loved one is eating the wrong meals, failing to get enough exercise, becoming isolated from others, and refusing to go to the doctor, you’ll need to act immediately. Sitting by and saying or doing nothing could cause your loved one’s health to decrease at a faster rate. The best family caregivers never hesitate to do what’s necessary to preserve their loved one’s health, but they do it respectfully. 

Of course you want to be an amazing caregiver for your parent, but don’t be too critical of yourself if you find it overwhelming at times. Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Austin Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (512) 623-7800 to learn more about our customized care plans.

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