If you’ve recently become a family caregiver for an older adult, you likely have many questions. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions – faq about caregiving. We will be updating this page as we get more data.
I am a first time caregiver and how do I cope?
Caregiving is not easy but it’s probably one of the most complicated roles you’ll ever play but you do get the satisfaction of helping someone. Most caregivers experience mixed emotions as they have very little control over what happens and often experience feelings of resentment and frustration about the loss of privacy. There’s a lot to cover, and we’ve put together this guide to cover these topics. Check out our Caregivers guide for first timers. Finally, remember: Just take it one step at a time
I want to take care of my elderly parents but I am unable to do it alone, what options do I have?
Don’t try to handle all the responsibilities of caregiving yourself. Talk to other family members, friends, and professional caregivers. Assign roles to whoever is willing to help, usually other family members and friends. It is also important to engage an unrelated mediator to manage disagreements and resolve any difficult issues.
Sit with other members of your family and develop a short term and a long-term plan. This includes financial planning as well as determining role each of you play. Also, gather all medical records in one place as it will help you respond more quickly during an emergency. In case, you have to do everything yourself, consider engaging a part time caregiver.
How do I lighten my workload?
Choosing between your own career, children, spouse and taking care of a parent often becomes a challenge for caregivers. Source products that lighten the caregiver’s workload and help your loved one remain safe and independent.
Some products that you might consider:
- All-in-one commode wheelchair (use it as a commode, bathing, and as wheelchair.)
- Adult diapers
- Bathroom safety products like grab bars, anti-slip mats, shower chairs, commode rail etc.
- Mobility products like Wheelchairs, walker, walking sticks.
Do I need any special training for caregiving?
As a primary caregiver, ask your doctor or medical assistant to train you on day to day procedures such as sugar level tests, blood pressure checks, nebulization or dressing a wound.