November is National Caregiver’s Month

As the senior population continues to grow, more and more families are faced with watching a parent become a caregiver, as well as providing support as caregivers themselves. The impact that caregiving for a loved one can have on a family can be a difficult and create tension among family members.

Here are 5 tips to help things go more smoothly:

1) Communicate. If you are not talking to each other about the support that is needed as well as the effects of caregiving on family members, resentment can build.

2) Create a Caregiving Plan. Work together to create a caregiving plan that everyone can contribute to and support. Whenever possible, include the senior needing the care in the process.

3) You are All in This Together. When a senior family member needs help and support, it is important to put any differences aside and remember that you are all on the same team. The goal is to provide the best care possible for your loved one.

4) Take Care of the Caregiver(s). A caregiver can wear themselves down and fail to take care of themselves. Try to monitor and recognize when a caregiver needs support and assistance. If the caregiver isn’t taking care of themselves, they can’t be much help to the person that needs the care.

5) Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help. It is very common for families to put pressure on themselves that they must provide all the care to the point of exhaustion. There is assistance that can support you whether that be respite care, in-home care, hospice or other types of support.

Caregiving for a senior family member can be difficult, but it also can provide an amazing opportunity to come together and show your love to that person.

Becky Dieter

Becky Dieter

Becky Dieter, Member, Jefferson County
Aging Well Caregiver Support Group
Senior Planning Advisor with
SeniorPath