A Caregiver Checklist for the New Year

By January 2, 2015Archives

Now marks the start to keep those promises you made for yourself for the New Year. Do you have some big goals you want to accomplish as a professional or family caregiver? It’s not easy being the best caregiver out there. Much like any profession, it requires a lot of practice and a lot of preparation. You’ve already made your list of resolutions, now you need to make a checklist in order to complete those resolutions.

Educate Yourself
You can’t be the best caregiver if you don’t know the medical background of your senior loved one. It’s important to understand their medical conditions. A good thing to check off your list is to improve your health literacy. It’s much easier to prevent something if you know the causes of it. By knowing what medicine your senior loved one is prescribed, you’ll begin to understand its side effects as well as its interactions with other drugs.

It might even be a good idea to attend a few classes on caregiving. You’ll learn some valuable information and have important resources right at your fingertips. If you don’t have time for classes, there are numerous books and published works to help you prepare and face many issues being a caregiver.

Review Your Care Arrangements
Peoples’ needs change with the time. Do the care arrangements that were previously set up need to be altered? Are they working best for everyone? Talk to your senior loved one about how they’re doing with their living arrangements. Perhaps it’s time they move to an assisted living facility, or maybe there is some kind of new technology that can help make life easier without giving up their independence.

Do some research. Expand your knowledge about what you know when it comes to caregiving. Technology has taken leaps and bounds in the last five years. There are plenty of medical devices designed to make everyone’s life easier, some can even be covered by Medicare. Check your senior loved one’s coverage plans. Perhaps it’s time they’re do for an upgrade, which will in turn, give you an upgrade as well.

Take Care of Yourself
It’s impossible to care for someone when it’s difficult to care for yourself. The buildup of stress can lead to multiple problems in your life. It can make you agitated and even lower your immune system. Caregiving is no easy task. It’s difficult to think about yourself when you spend so much time helping out other people. However, it’s very important to make sure your health, mental and physical, is in check. You need to keep stress levels reduced. This can be attained through various help groups or even finding close friends who are in the same boat as you. It’s easy to get things off your mind when the person you’re talking to understands the situation you’re in. Both parties will feel like they’ve accomplished something. It’s important to realize you shouldn’t go it alone. If you truly want to take care of yourself for 2015, make sure you have plenty of friends by your side!

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