10 Caregiving Tips for Families and Caregivers

Caregivers are individuals who provide care to chronically ill or disabled family members or friends.  It requires information, understanding, encouragement, patience and energy. Caregivers become part advocate, nurse, organizer and financial analyst in addition to maintaining their other responsibilities. The most effective caregivers serve as advocates for their patient, understand the persons’ needs to socialize and have personal choice, and become familiar with insurance and financial matters connected with caregiving.

What is "Caregiving"?

Caregivers typically help someone with activities of daily living while the person goes through a challenging health diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.  Caring for someone with a life-threatening disease can be emotionally and physically draining. Caregiver burn-out can occur even when caring for a dearest loved one.


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These are things that a family can do to help their loved one get the care that they need:


1)  Take control of your life.  Remember to continue to live your life and not allow it to completely revolve around your loved one’s illness. Trust others and don't feel like you can't ask for help.


2)  Educate yourself as much as you can about homecare and home health care services. The more you know about your loved one’s condition, the more empowered you will feel. B-Homecare offers a variety of home healthcare programs that are available on line 24/7, is accredited, and the prices are reasonable.


Providing care for an elder is not like caring for a child. Learn more by speaking directly with a care professional at B-Homecare.


3) Remember to take care of and be kind to yourself.  When a loved one requires additional care it is difficult on members of the family and the experience can be draining.  It is important for you to have personal quality time, to do what you like, for yourself.


4) Be aware of how you are feeling emotionally.  Depression is common in family members of people who need advanced care. You should feel free to seek a listening ear if you feel you may be having a difficult time.

5) Accept help from those around you and be willing to ask for help when you need it.


B-Homecare professionals are available 24/7 and can help answer any questions you may have or help in any way.


6) Encourage your loved one’s independence.  Having a family member that needs aditional care does not mean that you need to be the person solely providing that additional care. There are a wide variety of resources available and advancements in technology that have made providing care more possible.


7) Trust yourself.  Your initial instincts are often correct and will lead you in the right direction.


8) If the situation calls for it, allow yourself to grieve. Then allow yourself to move forward and dream of new possibilities and experiences.

9) Seek support from others and obtain strength and comfort in the understanding of others in similar situations.  You are not alone.


10) Always continue learning more and use any additional stress-reduction techniques.

If you would like to learn more about how B-Homecare can help you or your loved one, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. You are not committed to any services by speaking with one of our knowledgeable staff. We would be excited to be help you to learn more and welcome the opportunity to try to help!

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