Tips for New Caregivers #CareSupport

New caregivers need help as they navigate their role. The following tips are broken up in to the areas of education, physical support and emotional support:

Education for the New Caregiver

There may not be time initially to learn all you need as a new caregiver, especially if you begin to take care of an elderly relative in an emergency situation. In this case, get as much information as possible from a home care agency or discharge planner from the facility your loved one is leaving.

If time allows or as time goes on, research organizations that provide the most updated material for caregivers such as the AARP.

Physical Support for the New Caregiver

Caring for someone on a 24 hour basis or even a short time can take a physical toll on you. The first thing is to learn to ask for help. You do not have to take on this responsibility alone. If money allows for it, hire a service to come in so you can take a break. If not, the Medicaid Waiver program provides free respite care. Contact your community’s Senior Program for other options. Ask friends to help.

Keep open the option of long term care. If your loved one’s care requires around the clock medical care, or the safety of your loved one at home is in jeopardy, a nursing home or assisted living facility may be the answer. Speak to your loved one’s doctor, other family members or your support group for advice.

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Emotional Support for the New Caregiver

It can be stressful to be a new caregiver. You may fear the unknown, feel like it is overwhelming, or feel resentment or guilt. None of these feelings are wrong. There is no need to hide them as it will only make it worse. Try to communicate your feelings to someone you trust, at a support group or with a professional.

Becoming a new caregiver presents a big change in your life. It isn’t always easy or pleasant, but help is available. Be sure that you keep in mind these tips to learn about your new role and to be sure that your physical and emotional needs are met.

I am part of AARP’s kitchen cabinet on caregiving.  All opinions are my own. This is a series of posts on the topic of caregiving. This post and my social media involvement is compensated.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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  1. That’s a great post! Very informative and helpful. Plus I think you don’t have to be a caregiver to give care, anybody can apply these tips if they are caring for someone. Thanks for posting!
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  2. I have never thought about caregiving really. After reading this article I got thinking what a challenge it can really be. Thanks for your wise insight.
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  3. I guess technically my mother and I were caregivers for my dad. It was sometimes a struggle to get everything done. However, I really miss him now and I’m glad we were able to keep at home as long as we did.
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  4. Great information thanks so much for sharing it with us, Connie.
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  5. my FIL died just last week of Alzheimer’s. My MIL had placed him in a facility a few years before because she couldnt handle all of his care herself. There is no shame in asking for help.
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  6. I went through a roller coaster of emotions when I became a care taker for my dad while he was getting treatment for his brain cancer.
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  7. Thank you for this resource. I’m going to share these tips with a friend of mine. Kelli
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