Topic: Helping Those Helping Loved Ones
5 Steps every Caregiver should take:
#1 Start the conversation- Including Medications and names of Physicians. Approach money matters with respect and care. Does your loved one want Hospice should that time come.
#2 Form your team of family, even those out of towns can pitch in. Friends are usually eager to help. Community members and Faith networks will also help.
#3 Specify each task and when it is to be completed. Make a system for communicating to your team.
#4 Check in to Meal Delivery, Transportation and adult daycare.
#5 Look in to work place benefits like flextime. Make time for exercise, nutrition and sleep. Caring for yourself helps you better care for others.
In 2009 there were 42 million family caregivers. You may be wary of initiating a conversation with your loved one about sensitive subjects, but sooner is better. Having a plan will help you be prepared during a crisis.
And remember, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
I saw this today in a Dr. office and thought it was great.
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.