When an unexpected accident, or an illness comes on suddenly, you might find yourself in the unfamiliar role of caregiver to a family member of loved one. If you’ve never been in that situation before, you’ll soon find out that it’s a complicated and time-consuming process. It may include driving your loved one to doctors’ appointments, grocery shopping & preparing meals, paying the bills, dealing with insurance companies, finances and more. This can be a stressful time for a new caregiver and you might feel overwhelmed at first. There are ways, however, to make the process easier for everyone involved. The first step starts with communication.
While some of the communication might be difficult at first, you need to know how your loved one feels and understand what they want and need from you. Discussions like these are even more effective if you have them before something unexpected actually happens.
No one wants to feel helpless, so at first your loved on might resist your offers of assistance. Patience is important at times like these and if it helps, bring another family member or medical professional into the conversation. Your loved ones need to be respected and their concerns and wishes need to be listened to as much as possible. They need to be part of the decision-making process to help them feel more in control of their situation.
Depending on the situation, it may be important to discuss insurance and more personal information such as finances. If you’re a caregiver to a family member, you’ll need to know how home finances will be taken care of as well as medical bills.
When communication is open an honest, the process of caring for you loved one will be made that much easier.
If you have any questions about caregiving, call us.
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