Caregivers Can Help You to Cope with Your Care Responsibilities in Douglasville, GA
Visiting Angels of Douglasville Tips on Coping with Caregiver Responsibilities
Respect Your Needs
Be honest with your parents about your time and energy limits. Be upfront about the impact on your personal time and needs. Discuss the current state of affairs and a future plan in a casual manner.
Approach the subject of your parents’ needs in simple terms. They understand the scope of their care needs and talking about the process can help defuse the tension. Once you open the lines of communication, you can begin to map a strategy that will work for everyone.
Some examples of talking points are below:
- The lack of quality time together with your parents
- Note the physical demands of personal care and how it impacts you
- Define what you can and can’t do
- Discuss your daily routine so they understand how their care needs may affect you
- Draw parallels to a time in your parents’ lives when they felt overwhelmed and had no help
- Reaffirm your goal to get the best possible care for your parent
Nationally Known and Locally Owned
Visiting Angels can Help with the Following Care Services:
- Bathing Assistance
- Dressing Assistance
- Assistance with Walking
- Medication Reminders
- Perform Errands and Shopping
- Light Housekeeping
- Meal Preparation
- Friendly Companionship
- Flexible Hourly Care
- Respite Care for Families
- 24-Hour Care Available
Help Your Parents Retain Control
Respect your parents’ needs to make their own decisions and remain in control of their lives. Limits are often placed on their autonomy due to sickness, lack of financial resources, and the quality of family relationships. Let them participate in the
The Family Plan
Reassure your parents. Let them know you are supporting them, and they can depend on you to help solve problems.
As health and living problems arise, assess your parent’s problems and needs. A professional geriatric team, including physicians, nurses, and social workers, can perform the assessment. A lawyer and financial adviser may also be helpful.
You and your parents (if able), need to become educated in areas relevant to their changing situation.
- Legal matters, including wills and property ownership
- Financial arrangements
- Healthcare resources and support services
- Housing and recreation sources
- Current knowledge of the aging process
- Consider a free in-home consultation with a Visiting Angels caregiver to aid in the
Share the Work
Don’t try to do everything yourself. Share the emotional and physical responsibilities among family, friends, professional, and private pay assistance
Brainstorm with family and friends about ways to help older family members maintain their identity, continued interests on some level, and create as many decision-making opportunities as possible.
Make Small Changes
Opt for the smallest change possible at each step. Don’t be overwhelmed by the complete care that may be necessary
Take Some Risks
Be willing to take some risks if your parent is capable of realistically recognizing them and chooses to take them. At the very least, be open to a compromised solution.
Obtain professional counseling if the situation or relationship with an elderly parent becomes overwhelming.
Contact Visiting Angels 24/7 for assistance at 678-203-8169.
Serving Douglasville, Lithia Springs, Smyrna, Mableton and Surrounding Areas
Visiting Angels Douglasville, GA3400 Chapel Hill Rd 100 #12
Douglasville, GA 30135
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