Being a caregiver for a loved one is an endless job. Not only are you trying to take care of everything at home, but you also have responsibilities for personal and medical care coordination. You may be trying to work a job, care for your children and other activities. There are 43.5 million caregivers in the U.S. taking care of family members, so you aren’t alone. Here are some resources that may help.
One of the first roles of a caregiver is to coordinate care for his/her loved one among medical professionals. Aging parents, spouses and children with chronic illnesses typically need a little help. Check out this guide for tips and help to pull everything together.
If you enjoy technology, check out mobile and web-based apps to help coordinate care. Many private companies offer free smartphone apps for different needs. There is a list of free apps on caring.com.
Daily living activities such as dressing can become overwhelming. Explore our Patient Scrubs® for garments that provide easy dressing. These two-piece garments have snaps that provide access to the body, making them ideal for rehab and medical treatments. Because they look like regular scrubs, they can go anywhere. Dress once for the day. If you like the comfort of scrubs, medical scrubs are also available.
It’s easy to let yourself go when you’re busy taking care of someone else 24/7. But, that’s the worst thing you can do. Many communities offer help with some daily care, respite care and other caregiver activities. You can find listings for your area on www.eldercare.gov. Local caregiver agencies also offer a variety of services that can be tailored to your needs. Google “caregiver agencies” to find the ones in your area.
While it can feel like you against the world, you aren’t alone. Don’t neglect support for yourself. You need someone to talk to about the situation. Reach out to family, church members and friends. Join a local support group. Or, join an on-line support group on www.caring.com or www.caregiving.com.
The Patient Scrubs® lady has walked in your shoes. The caregiver journey has many peaks and valleys. I pulled these links together to help you along this challenging journey. Reach out to me if you have questions that I can help with. Wishing you the best as you take care of your loved one and yourself.