You may feel helpless, unsure, and unloved, but there are many ways you can make it more rewarding. Showing affection and love can change the way you care for your senior loved one and make your caregiving more meaningful for both of you. Often, difficult behaviors are caused by loneliness, fear, or depression, so small gestures of compassion can make a difference.
Understand your loved one’s wishes and limitations.
Understand their wishes and the limitations of their daily activities. If possible, give them opportunities to be involved in different activities. These activities will keep them engaged and healthy. A list of exercises and prescriptions is also helpful. Make sure your loved one knows which ones to call for medical emergencies. It is also important to know their preferences. The elderly often prefer to be at home to feel comfortable and at ease.
Care for an elder is difficult, but not impossible.
It requires time, dedication, and support. While aging can cause depression and deep stress, you can ease their burden by keeping yourself informed. Take advantage of supportive resources. If you cannot do it yourself, consider hiring a professional care manager or home care agency. These services will provide assistance for your aging loved one. You may be able to get your loved one the care they need without the stress.
Identify community resources in your area. Find out where the local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are and how they can help. If your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, look for Alzheimer’s Association groups in your area. Your physician’s office may also be able to provide information. If you can’t find the information you need online, visit the government’s Eldercare Locator for local organizations.
Many states offer tax breaks for caregivers.
Some of these are paid family leave benefits. The Caregiver Exemption, also known as the Child Caregiver Exception, can be used to partially compensate you for your time and energy. It’s not enough to provide a free ride, though. Tax credits can help. If you’re a dependent parent, you can deduct care expenses and medical costs for the care of your loved one.
Hiring additional help can help relieve some of the stress of passion and caring home for an elderly loved one. Whether it’s a local homecare agency or neighbor, you should seek help for your loved one. The help of someone you trust will go a long way. Using a homecare agency may help relieve you of some of the burdens, so you can focus on providing the best care possible for your loved one. If you cannot find someone who is willing to help you, consider asking for help from friends and family.
Aside from financial support, the emotional aspect of caring for your elder can be stressful. In fact, caregivers who struggle to balance the demands of caring for an elderly loved one should consider joining a support group. You’ll be glad you did. It’ll help you cope with the stress and fewer feelings of isolation. If you’re able to navigate the negative aspects, you’ll be able to embrace the rewarding ones.