Being the primary caregiver for a loved one is not a role many of us expected in life and, especially when it is thrust upon us suddenly, may not be something we are prepared for. Caregivers' duties are definitely not as easy as some people think, and it is important to look to support groups or other local resources for guidance from those who have already been there. Here are some suggestions gathered from our experienced caregivers that will help you manage your care giving.
Maintain consistent routines
It’s a great idea to have a daily routine for your loved one. This can especially comfort a person who is struggling with cognitive issues because it will help them to understand that it is the start of a new day. The sense of security from a familiar routine will help them to a better mood and positive attitude. If you are having difficulty with an entire routine, start with small steps, experiment until you find the best hour for him/her to eat, the best time to do some activities and hobbies that they can still enjoy.
Pay attention to the details
Sometimes your loved one doesn’t want to demonstrate how he/she really feels because they don’t want to lose more of their independence or because they don’t want you to feel that they are complaining too much. In other cases, they may not be cognitively able to explain their discomfort. Watch out for repetitive behaviour or agitation which are often signs of an underlying issue that can be addressed. Knowing what preceded the signs of discomfort can often help guide you to know how to best manage them.
Be there, stay connected
Sometimes your loved one can feel lonely especially if they live alone or do not have frequent visitors or intellectual stimulation. You may not be able to be there for them all the time so help them find local community groups or senior centres, as well as to connect via social media.
Remember though that you don’t have to do this alone. If you feel that you need extra help, ActivePro Nursing & Homecare Inc offers a full range of homecare services for anywhere from a few hours a week to dedicated around-the-clock support 365 days a year We are dedicated to supporting the best quality of life possible with attentive, individualized care from skilled and compassionate nurses and caregivers, wherever an individual's home may be. Our clients receive the support they need to enhance their unique lifestyles, while their family members get the peace of mind knowing their loved one is well cared for when they cannot be there.
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For more information don't hesitate to contact us, we are here to provide you or your loved ones for the extra care that is needed. Call our local Niagara office at (289) 434-4704 or Toronto office at (647) 793-2525 to learn how caregiver services can assist your family.