How to be a Caregiver
Most of us didn’t plan on being caregivers. There’s no training manual that tells you how to be a caregiver. Your job as a caregiver may start after a parent has an accident, or it could be the result of a progressive illness. Mom fell, was hospitalized and now needs physical rehabilitation. Dad’s dementia is getting worse and you wonder if he’s safe living at home. Maybe your parent was diagnosed with cancer or fell victim to financial fraud. When elderly family members can no longer care for themselves, someone in the family usually steps up and is unexpectedly catapulted into a caregiving role. When it happens, most caregivers feels afraid, alone, unprepared and stressed out. A typical response is, “I'm overwhelmed! Where do I start? How do I be a caregiver?” No matter how you entered into your caregiving role, you will have to make changes in your life. The care your loved one requires will constantly change and evolve over time. Learn how to be a caregiver on AgingCare.com.
Articles About How To Be A Caregiver
- What’s OK and What’s Not OK When You Are a Caregiver
Managing stress while caregiving is a hard thing to do and most family caregivers are afraid to ask for help. Here's a caregiving expert's take on what new caregivers should know when you feel the stress of being a caregiver.
- New Caregivers: What to Expect
New to caregiving? Are you now responsible for taking care of an elderly parent? Here are some helpful tips on what new caregivers should expect as they take on the role of family caregiver.