Elderly Care in Fort Pierce FL
Make no mistake about it—caregiving can be challenging, even under the “best” of circumstances. But when there is a serious medical condition involved, it makes things that much more challenging. If you’ve been given or have accepted the task of family caregiving for a loved one who suffers from a major illness, there are certain things you need to do in order to make it that much simpler, and less stressful, for you.
- First, educate yourself about the disease or condition. There are many websites out there that focus on illnesses like cancer, Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Some of the primary ones that come to mind are www.cancer.Org or www.alzfdn.org. But these are just a start. There are also support groups, educational workshops offered by local medical providers, and plenty of other community resources and individual professionals that can help you increase your knowledge about the disease and its progression, so you know what to expect and how to prepare. Some support groups are offered online and you might more easily avail yourself of that option, especially if time is limited.
- Develop and prioritize a list of tasks that need to be done—both short and long-term. From there you can best figure out how to divide the tasks between family members, friends, professionals and volunteers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is important to share the load, especially when trying to avoid caregiver burnout.
- As part of that planning, you should be proactive when it comes to emergencies. Include local family members, neighbors and friends in this part of the planning as they likely live closest.
- Develop patience and empathy by trying to learn what it is like to be a person suffering from something like cancer or dementia.
- Be an advocate for your loved one. Understand what makes them happy and the things they need in order to better understand their disease. When it comes to their medical care, know everyone who is part of the care team, discuss and understand treatment options, ask questions and express concerns.
- Understand that financial, legal and long-term care planning are all part of your caregiver responsibilities. Try to involved your loved one as much as possible and to the extent they are able, and consider their desires when making important decisions. Let them answer their own questions whenever possible, as this can help empower them.
- Become familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and other state and national provisions. Know how and when to apply them to your situation. Make sure your employer also understands your situation and possible limitations on your schedule or work demands.
- Stay positive as much as possible. Instead of focusing on what your loved one cannot do, focus on the capabilities and strengths that they do still have. Enjoy those things and your overall relationship while you still can.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elderly care in Fort Pierce, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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