Helpful Tips for San Diego Senior Caregivers Taking Care of Senior Loved Ones
Are you a family caregiver? Do you feel like you’ve reached your breaking point? There are a number of things you can do to make your job of taking care of your senior loved one a little easier:
- Join a caregiver support group. Support groups are much more than a shoulder to cry on. They’re also great places to meet new friends who truly understand what you’re going through. If the idea of being in a big group makes you uncomfortable, consider individual counseling.
- Get trained. Many community organizations and even hospitals offer training for family caregivers in vital tasks like bathing, grooming, and dealing with incontinence. If there are no such classes in your area, head to your local library. There are a number of wonderful books with practical information on senior caregiving.
- Educate yourself. The more you know about your senior loved one’s condition, the better a caregiver you will be. Look online to find your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Parkinson Foundation, and more. Read up on the latest senior care research and consider attending a conference or lecture on the subject.
- Take some time for yourself. Respite care is a great option for family caregivers who are dedicated to their job but recognize that they need to take a break from time to time. At Home Care Assistance, our highly trained San Diego senior caregivers can be with your loved one for just a few hours at a time, allowing you to go out to dinner, take a long hike, or finally make that yoga class you’ve been wanting to try.
Still looking for more help? Contact us to learn more about the second book in our senior wellness series, the Handbook of Live-In Care. It offers practical, how-to advice on caring for a senior parent or loved one.