What Do You Need to Know When You Start Being a Caregiver?

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When you’re brand new to being a caregiver, there’s so much that you don’t know yet and that you haven’t experienced. There’s so much to consider, in fact, that you might not realize fully what you’re getting into.

Here are just a few of the things you need to consider when becoming a caregiver.
Caregiver Wooster OH - What Do You Need to Know When You Start Being a Caregiver?

Caregiver Wooster OH – What Do You Need to Know When You Start Being a Caregiver?

If Anyone Else Requires Your Attention, Too

No one exists in a bubble. There are likely other people, maybe even a couple of pets, who need your time and attention. If you have a job, your boss probably wants a bit of your time, too. All of these aspects of your life need to be weighed against what your elderly family member needs from you in the form of care. If you’re going to be spread very thin from the beginning, you need to know now.

What Time You Can Devote to Caregiving

Once you have an idea what your obligations are, it’s time to break that information out in terms of time. Just how much time can you devote to caregiving? If your bits and pieces of available time are only something you can grab here and there, you need to know that. On the other hand, if you work a flexible job that allows you to have big chunks of free time, that’s helpful to think about, too.

Whether Other Family Members Can Help

Do you have other family members in the area? If you do, it might be time to find out if they can help or not. Your senior may not have wanted to ask those family members, so that’s something to consider, too. But you can’t do it all alone and that’s important for you to understand from the very outset. It might be worth it to learn about what home care providers can do for you now and in the future so that you’re not in a position where you need help but don’t have it.

Your Own Boundaries and Limitations

If you have health problems or you know that you require a great deal of time for yourself, you need to think about that right now. That’s definitely going to factor in to your experience as a caregiver. You also need to know about your other limitations. Do needles freak you out and your senior needs help with insulin shots? That is something you need to either work through or find a solution for now, rather than later.

You need to know what you’re getting into when you agree to be your senior’s caregiver. Gathering as much information as you can helps you to do that. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, because those can help you and your elderly family member get a plan together.

If you are considering Caregiver Services in Wooster OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.