Taking on the responsibility of caring for an aging parent, spouse or loved one is both a rewarding and stressful task. Being a family caregiver can also be one of the most thankless jobs a person can take on. While most of the focus lies on the aging and/or sick individual, the caregiver is often thought of second, not only by other loved ones, but also by themselves.
We at New Frontier Home Care want you to know you are not alone! Many people face the same joys, stress, fears and other emotions you are feeling.
We fully recommend seeking out local Caregiver Support Groups to connect with others and we have also provided some tips to help you with your new responsibilities:
Educate Yourself: Learning as much as you can about your loved one’s illness or disability and becoming familiar with the terminology will help you to feel less anxiety, both at home and while visiting with doctors. Ask questions and request documentation from the doctor. The more knowledgeable you are about the condition, the better caregiver you will be able to be.
Connect with Other Caregivers: There are countless Caregiver Support Groups across the nation. These groups are meant to bring people together who are going through the same thing: caring for a loved one and all the responsibilities, emotions and stress that comes with it. There are very specific groups (i.e. Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, etc.) and very broad groups. A simple search online is a great place to start looking for one that is right for you.
Trust Your Instincts: As the caregiver, you are probably spending more time with your loved one than anyone else. That includes other family members, nurses and doctors. Obviously it is very important to listen to those in the medical profession, but do not hesitate to bring up questions or concerns if something seems off.
Encourage Independence: At New Frontier Home Care, we are a firm believer in the saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it!”. Encourage your loved one to be as independent as possible! Yes, it may take a different strategy and a lot more time to complete a task, but keeping your loved independent is one of the most important things you can do.
Don’t Forget About You: Always remember, it is OK to ask for help! You may have taken on the responsibility of caregiver, but we all know that does not mean the rest of your life will be put on hold. Set time aside to take care of you! Whether that means delegating tasks or care hours to other family members or bringing in an agency, like New Frontier Home Care, to help out. One of the worst things you can do as a caregiver is not take care of yourself.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in the Greater Houston area, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care.
We are available to answer your senior care questions! Call Today at (832) 602-2282.
Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.