All of a sudden you find yourself becoming a caregiver for your family.
This is new to you.
You have a million questions and very few answers.
What should you do?
Glad you asked!
In this post, I want to give you five super simple tips that will help you as a first time caregiver.
5 tips for first time care givers
Listen to and respect your loved one’s desires
Listen to your loved one.
This is a difficult time for both of you but tension levels will come down if you take the time to listen to what they have to say.
Listen out for what they need and want.
Even if you disagree with them, respect those wishes.
During old age or a debilitating illness, people feel a sense of helplessness- especially over things they can no longer do- that is made worse when their needs and desires (within reason) are not respected.
Don’t be afraid to talk about money
As a caregiver, don’t be afraid to broach the topic of money.
We have covered many money topics on the blog that you can check out.
You will need financial help during the care-giving process. This may require that you hire home care help. Your loved one may need hospital visits and in-home services.
Knowing your loved one’s state of finances and health insurance will help you make better decisions regarding their care.
It is alright if you feel overwhelmed in the beginning
It is alright to admit that you are overwhelmed.
Care-giving is hard and you are not a Superman or Superwoman.
Find out what resources are available to you in your community or state to help you on your care-giving journey.
You don’t have to do it alone
If you have other family members who can relieve you of your duties on certain days take advantage of it.
Talk to a therapist or mental health professional. You will be better prepared to handle difficulties that come your way.
Self-care is important
I cannot over-emphasize the importance of taking care of yourself.
You cannot pour out of an empty well. Thus, if you are not taking care of yourself as a caregiver, you do everyone a disservice.
In this post, I share 7 self-care tips for caregivers. Learn and practice them!
Nobody becomes an excellent caregiver overnight.
It takes time, a lot of patience and sometimes the learning curve is steep.
It is however possible to give your loved one’s excellent care and enjoy your life personally.
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