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How to Be an Awesome Family Caregiver

Caregivers in Turnersville NJ

Caregivers in Turnersville NJBeing a family caregiver can be really intimidating, particularly if you haven’t ever cared for someone else before. Although you might think that it would be impossible for you to be the caregiver that your elderly loved one needs, you’re probably just being too hard on yourself.

Remember that Your Loved One’s Health Conditions Aren’t the Full Picture

Your elderly loved one had a life before her health conditions took over and so did you. Just because you’re caring for your loved one, that doesn’t mean that all of the aspects of your life, or hers, stop or take a back seat. There’s more to life than your loved one’s health conditions and it will do everyone good to remember that from time to time.

Be Good to Yourself

Family caregivers tend to push themselves to their limits. It’s important to remember that you are taking on a really difficult task. It takes a good bit of your time and your energy, but you can’t let it control every moment of every day. Continue with your favorite hobbies, give yourself time away, and remind yourself about all of the good things about life and your elderly loved one.

Accept Help Gracefully

When people do offer you help, take them at face value. If the help is of a vague nature, such as, “Let me know how I can help,” give that person a task that you really need help with. Sometimes they won’t be able to do that for you, and that’s okay. But if that person can help, you’ve taken an important step. You’ll need plenty of help during your time as a family caregiver, so don’t get into the habit of turning any assistance away.

Trust Your Own Instincts

You may not always know exactly what to do in every situation, but you’ll gain instincts as you gain experience. Learn to trust those instincts because you’ve earned them through a lot of time, hard work, and energy being expended. You can always ask your loved one’s medical team or care providers for their opinions, but learn to have faith in the abilities you’re gaining.

It’s not nearly as difficult to be an awesome family caregiver as you might think it is at first.

For caregivers in Turnersville, NJ, and the surrounding areas call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 321-1500.

Andrew Dubler

Home to Stay Health Care Solutions (H2S) is a solutions minded, non-medical home care company enabling seniors and disabled members of our community to stay at home.
Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.

When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.
Andrew Dubler