Providing full-time care for an aging parent or loved one is not easy to do without help. Especially if that loved one has a chronic health condition or suffers from a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, the responsibility of ensuring a loved one’s health and well-being can be too much to bear alone. For family caregivers, it helps both caregiver and loved one to take a team approach to their physical and emotional needs.
Your caregiving team could include:
- Local organizations
- Support groups
- Your loved one’s doctor
Once you know of people who are willing to help you care for your loved one, you’ll have to work together to determine the best ways to coordinate all of your various strengths and resources in order to meet your loved one’s needs. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Meet together frequently – According to the AARP article, “Creating Your Caregiving Team,” holding frequent meetings with your family and friends is a good way to ensure communication and coordination. Use these meetings to share updates about your loved one’s health, gain support from your team and schedule tasks.
- Keep lists – The number of tasks you have to do each day to care for your loved one can be overwhelming. Writing down everything that needs done can make each chore more tangible, and therefore less daunting. Then, when someone asks you how they can help, you’ll have suggestions readily available for them to choose from.
- Communicate all the time – Keep everyone in the loop. It’s especially important to communicate changes in your loved one’s health or behavior to prepare them for different needs. Share information about doctor’s visits (as you see fit), changes in medications or altered plans to make sure your team is always on the same page.
- Utilize technology – The Internet is the fastest and easiest way to keep a group of people connected. You can send updates through group emails, create a Facebook page for your team to share information or take advantage of online tools made specifically for caregiving. The Alzheimer’s Association Care Team Calendar, for example, lets you create a personalized calendar for your loved one’s care.
- Remember your resources – If you need help in a pinch and your team members can’t be there, don’t forget about your community resources. Keep a list of organizations and phone numbers handy in case you need some outside help.
With the help of a dedicated team caring for your loved one, both of you can begin to experience better health, well-being, and support. You’ll find the weight of caregiving a little easier to bear when you have a team of loving individuals to help carry the load.
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