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4 Skills You Need to Adopt as a Family Caregiver

By Denise Roskamp

Elderly Care in Lincoln MA


As a family caregiver, you're going to learn quite a bit about how to take care of an elderly loved one. You most likely have all the skills that you need to do that job properly, but some of those skills may end up sorely tested.

Organization

You're going to rely more on your organizational skills as a family caregiver than you ever thought you might need to. Being organized can help you to keep your loved one's medical information, including prescriptions, all in order and where you can find them. You'll also need to be able to manage your schedule as well as your loved one's. Then there are the schedules of any other people in your life, too. Disorganization will quickly frustrate you and leave you in the lurch.

Patience

Everything that you do as a family caregiver is going to take far more time than you think that it will. This goes for everything from doctor's appointments to talking to your loved one's insurance company. The sooner that you can accept that fact, the better. You're going to get a lot of practice counting to ten and breathing deeply.

Curiosity

Often a question that you only asked because you were curious can be the key to a flood of information that you sorely needed but didn't know that you needed. Don't be afraid to ask questions at your loved one's doctor's appointments or anywhere else. The more you're able to ask questions and get information, the better position you'll be in to care for your loved one.

Determination

There are times that you're going to have to stick to your guns and be pretty determined. Those times might be when you need to convince your elderly loved one to make a dietary change or when you need to have her doctor run a specific test. You don't have to be mean or stomp your feet, but a quiet determination can go a long way when you're dealing with situations in which other people are being stubborn.

If you need help with any of these, try talking to your loved one's elderly care providers about how you can bump up these skills.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN LINCOLN, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.