If you’re providing comfort and care for an aging or ailing loved one, it’s likely you stepped into a caregiver without any formal training. Yet, you saw the need and willingly came forward to fulfill it.
While you may not have envisioned yourself as a family caregiver, take comfort in knowing your family trusts you. At times, you may question your ability to care for your loved one on top of all of your other responsibilities. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. There are plenty of resources available for first-time family caregivers—both online and offline.
To help you provide the highest quality of care for your loved one, continue reading below for caregiver resources.
How to Prepare to Care for a Loved One
Family caregivers generally spend anywhere between 20 and 40 hours per week providing unpaid care to an aging loved one. A majority of family caregivers do not have a medical background or any formal training, yet they are responsible for attending to the emotional and physical needs of a loved one.
To make the transition into caring for your loved one easier for all involved, it helps to have a plan in place.
Involving others, like close family members and friends, as well as doctors and physicians, can ensure your loved one receives the highest quality of care. Not to mention, it lessens the burden on you by having a support system you can turn to in time of need.
Comprehensive Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers
In an effort to support the selfless work of family caregivers, we created The Comprehensive Guide for First-Time Family Caregivers.
Our guide is designed to help you provide the highest quality of care for your loved one by offering strategies on the following topics:
- Understanding your role.
- Preparing to care.
- Asking for help from others.
- Recognizing burnout.
- Transitioning a loved one into senior housing.
- Getting final affairs in order.
We understand that caring for a loved one is no easy task. So whether you’re preparing to care or planning to do so in the near future, we encourage you to download our free guide as you make the transition.