The role of family caregiver can be lonely, frustrating, and frightening at times. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to support the family caregiver in your life.
Ask Direct Questions
It’s not uncommon for people to ask family caregivers if they need anything. While the intentions are well-meaning, it’s usually better to ask what you can do to help. Family caregivers appreciate direct questions. Instead of reassuring the caregiver you’re there to help, ask directly what he or she needs assistance with.
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 El Dorado County 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.
Provide Financial Support
Caring for a senior loved one can be expensive. If one of your siblings is caring for your parent or other family member, offer financial help if you can. The family caregiver has bills of his or her own to pay and may also be responsible for paying your parent’s utility, grocery, medical, and home maintenance bills. Paying for a loved one’s bills may create a financial hardship for the caregiver, leading to stress, depression, and anxiety. If other family members don’t offer financial assistance, the caregiver may be unable to continue caring for the senior.
Offer Respite Care
Family caregivers may experience burnout because of stress and financial hardships. Because caregiving can take up most of a caregiver’s time, other responsibilities may take a back seat. Offer to take on some responsibilities, such as driving the senior loved one to an appointment or providing help with caregiving, so the family caregiver can have some time to do other things or get some much-needed rest. Arranging for professional respite care is another option.
El Dorado County respite care professionals can assist seniors with a wide array of daily tasks, offering family caregivers the chance to focus on other personal responsibilities or take a break to prevent burnout. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or a few days a week, respite care is the perfect solution for family caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed.
If you’re unable to pitch in physically or financially, you can at least show how much you appreciate the family caregiver. Sending flowers and ordering take-out food from a local restaurant are a few things you can do to make the caregiver’s day. The caregiver is sure to appreciate your gesture.
Keep the Lines of Communication Open
Taking care of a senior loved one can be lonely. If you’re unable to be with the caregiver because you live far away, stay in touch by calling, emailing, and texting. Communicating and chatting shows that you care, and it also allows the caregiver to discuss issues, frustrations, and triumphs related to caregiving.
If you’re the primary family caregiver for a senior loved one living in El Dorado County, live-in care is available if your loved one’s health has become too difficult to manage without professional expertise. At Home Care Assistance, we take measures to help seniors prevent illness and injury by assisting with exercise and mobility, preparing nutritious meals, helping with bathing and other personal hygiene tasks, and much more. To schedule a free in-home consultation, give us a call at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 today.