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5 Tips that Help You Be a Better Caregiver

By Vicki and Brian Day

As a new caregiver, you might not realize that there are steps you can take and tools that you can use that can help you to manage this caregiving responsibility much better. Here are just a few you might want to try.

Get as Much Knowledge as You Can

The vast majority of being a strong family caregiver is knowing as much as you can about your elderly loved one's current and future health. That gives you the ammunition you need to put a solid care plan together for her. You will always need to monitor and adjust that plan, but having the knowledge you need sets you on the right path.

Avoid Judging

Judging either yourself or your elderly loved one isn't the best way to go about this caregiving journey you're on. Your loved one might say or do things that are hurtful, but it can help to look at the situation from her point of view. She may be losing her independence or be afraid that she's going to, which can lead to unpredictable behavior. The less judgmental you're able to be, the easier it will be to work through those times together.

Be Present in Every Moment

Every single moment with your elderly loved one is a learning moment for you. It's also a chance for you to have quality time with your loved one, even if you're in the midst of a difficult situation. Look your loved one in the eye, listen to what she's saying and not saying, and be mindful of the time you have with your loved one.

Build a Team You Can Rely On

Even if you're the only person caring for your elderly loved one, you can still have a team. Yours might be made up of friends who provide emotional support for you, other caregivers who help you learn the ropes of caregiving, and elder care providers who provide respite time for you to recharge.

Trust that You Can Do This

There's so much involved in being a caregiver and there's so much to do that it can easily overwhelm you. Start telling yourself that you can do this, because you can. If you keep telling yourself that you don't know how you are going to manage being a caregiver, then you'll talk yourself out of believing that you can do it.

Don't forget to take time regularly to look at what your needs are so that you can take care of yourself, too.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN SLATINGTON, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.