Research

  • Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s illness or disability
  • Make a list of your questions before going to a doctor’s appointment
  • Consider the types of tasks that will need to be done and determine if you will need help to complete these tasks

Find People in Your Same Situation

  • Join a support group
  • Learn from others who have faced the same struggles
  • Reach out to family and friends to let them know you may need support

Know Your Limits

  • Consider how much time and energy is realistic for you to give
  • Set defined limits and know when it is time to say, “no” and when it is time to ask for help
  • Verbalize your limits to loved ones, medical professionals, friends and coworkers

Accept Your Feelings

  • Be kind to yourself and understand that feelings of anger, sadness, resentment, guilt, helplessness, and fear are things each of us feels when caring for another person
  • Feeling the above doesn’t mean that you don’t love your family member, but rather that you are human

Encourage Independence for Yourself and Your Loved One

  • Caregiving means encouraging your loved one to remain as independent as possible/li>
  • Look into available technologies, such as Health Monitoring systems, Medication Reminder/Dispensing Systems, Personal Emergency Response Systems, etc. *LVMC does not endorse specific products./li>
  • Consider outside support/relief from other family members, friends or a professional agency to provide an opportunity for respite for you

Considering a Professional Care Agency?

  • Home Care Agencies offer a variety of services including: Transport, Exercise, Medication Reminders, Hygiene Assistance, Meal Planning and Preparation, Grocery Shopping and Errands, Light housekeeping and Laundry, Pet Care and much more
  • Make a list of activities you expect the caregiver to perform
  • When interviewing a Care Agency, provide personality preferences of your loved one for choosing of a caregiver, such as whether they prefer a male or female, smoker or non, talkative or not, someone who is comfortable with pets, etc.
  • When hiring professional help, remember that agencies are competing for your business and may offer a special rate to win your business. Get clear and detailed information about the agency’s long-term rates and charges prior to signing up for service