Taking care of an elderly parent or family member can be both rewarding but frustrating. While it offers the opportunity to stay close to and take good care of your loved one, it's also extremely stressful both physically and mentally.
As with anything in life, there's a right and a wrong way of caretaking to ensure that everyone benefits. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid as family caregivers so you too can enjoy a balanced, comfortable life.
1. Underestimating the Commitment
Seniors that are dependent on another need more than a quick pop in once or twice a day. If they are facing challenges with mental capacity, mobility or loneliness and isolation, they'll need more than that to stay healthy and safe.
2. Sacrificing All Free Time
As a family caregiver, people tend to sacrifice their personal time to take care of their loved one. However, time to do activities they love is crucial in keeping people balanced physically and mentally. When they neglect taking care of themselves stress start to build and affects their health negatively.
3. Trying to Do It All Alone
Caregivers frequently need to accomplish various tasks such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, shopping, cleaning and getting patients to doctor's appointments. Being embarrassed or too proud to ask for help from other family members will only lead to burnout.
4. Not Hiring an In-Home Caregiver
If there aren't any family members to lift the weight off your shoulders, consider hiring an in-home caregiver. There's no harm in getting help from trained professionals.
Elderly Care, Dementia Care and Post-Operative Care by CareChamp
CareChamp professional home care providers are highly qualified to work with ageing adults and can provide family carers with the break they deserve. A tailored schedule can ensure that the needs of both seniors and family caregivers are met.
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