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A Guide for New Caregivers

June 13, 2019

The decision to become a caregiver is no easy feat. But, whether you are caring for your parents or caring for others, you are a vital component to our society. Care giving is no east task but can be very fulfilling. New caregivers have a lot to keep in mind, but with the right approach, it can be very fulfilling.

Take Into Account the Advice of Other Caregivers

Whenever one is new to anything, the best form guidance you can receive is from those who have done it before you. Talk to those who you know that are caregivers. You can also take a look at our caregiver blog for other advice and guidance through your caregiving journey

Differences When You are Caring For Your Parent

There may be some differences if you are a caregiver for your parent.  If you are already a formal caregiver for your parent, then there are a few considerations that you need to think about.

It can sometimes be hard to separate your parent-child relationship from your caregiver role. In a sense, that can be a good thing. But, remember not to neglect other family duties when caring for your parent. Sometimes, when you are put into the role of the family caregiver, you may feel a need to continually focus on that role even when your help isn’t necessary. It’s important to delegate certain times that you are the caregiver and other times where you are attentive to other things in your life. This will help you avoid burning out in your role.

It’s also important to note that it won’t be easy for all parents to accept that they are now the ones being care. Take this into account and make sure that when you aren’t formally working that you should nurture that parent-child relationship. Remember that they once cared for you, and it can be hard to accept that they may need help and caregivers as they age. Remember to not let go of the relationship that was there before you became their caregiver. Keeping that in mind will relieve the potential strain that can arise from the changing parent-child relationship.

Further Considerations as a Formal Caregiver

Keep in mind that you are human and won’t have the answer to every question that arises. Because of that, it’s valuable to ask questions. If you work for a formal home care agency, you can always ask your agency questions in the case that you don’t know how best to approach a situation.

While formal caregivers are provided with training, not every scenario that you may face will be taught. Human dynamics are complicated and require flexibility and understanding. And as a long as you approach everything with patience and a willingness to learn you will be able to handle most situations.

We at Homecare Powered by AUAF are here to help you along in your journey of being a caregiver. If you have any questions about us or how you can become a caregiver, give us a call at 773.274.9262.

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