Even if your elderly loved one is still quite independent, there may be some ways that you can offer her quite a bit more help than you thought possible. Being her family caregiver doesn’t mean that you’re just there for the really difficult times.
Assist Her with Maintaining Her Independence
Your loved one is already independent and she’s probably quite happy that way. But you might be able to do little things that help her to keep her independence. Sit down with your loved one and figure out if there’s anything that you can do that can help her to feel even more self-sufficient.
Connect Her with Resources She Might Need
If your loved one has some specific needs, then local resources can help her quite a bit without cutting into her independence. You can be the intermediary and help your loved one find the resources that she might need. Whether that means getting in touch with agencies that help senior citizens or lining up housekeeping help, you can be that liaison.
Supply Her with Information about Her Health Conditions
Some elderly loved ones appreciate help with researching some of their health conditions. Ask your loved one if you can handle that task for her and compile the information. That can help free up her time to do activities that she really enjoys. It also allows you to be a little more active in helping her manage her health.
Be Emotionally Supportive to Her
In many circumstances, emotional support can do more for your loved one than anything else can. Knowing that you’re there for her can make a tremendous difference to your loved one’s ability to maintain a positive attitude.
Prepare for More Intense Caregiver Duties
At some point in the future, it’s very likely that your loved one won’t continue to be as self-sufficient as she has been. When that happens, your loved one is going to need much more help from you as her family caregiver. Now, you can start to prepare for what that’s going to look like so that it’s not such a shock to you and to your loved one.
As your loved one’s circumstances change, so too do your duties as a caregiver.