When you’re new to caregiving, it’s easy to feel unprepared. There’s so much that needs to be done and that is going on, but it’s tough to know what the right responses are every time. Slowing down and taking some of these steps can help you to feel like you have everything well in hand.
Work Closely with Her Doctor
You’re always going to want to be working closely with your senior’s doctor. Having input from her doctor enables you to make decisions that are geared toward your senior’s best interests and that’s important. It’s vital to know what’s truly an issue and what is something that could maybe be postponed.
What Does Your Senior Expect?
When you understand what your elderly family member expects from you and from caregiving, you’re less likely to feel as if you’ve been caught flat footed. It’s not necessary or possible for you to meet every single one of your elderly family member’s expectations. But it can be helpful to know what they are at the very least.
Investigate Safety Options
Your senior’s safety is a huge priority, no matter what else is going on. Safety issues are avoidable for the most part, especially if you’re actively looking for ways to keep your senior as safe as possible. There are layers to safety, too. Start where you can and add safety improvements when and where you can.
Find Workable Solutions
There’s almost always a solution for the problems your elderly family member is facing. Her doctor can help you to find some of those answers, especially if your elderly family member is facing specific health conditions. Simpler solutions are often more effective than you expect, like swapping out less healthy food choices for healthier options.
Consider Getting Help Now
Plan ahead now for help down the line. If you do so now, that gives you and your senior a chance to get used to accepting help. Homecare providers are a huge help in managing all sorts of aspects of caregiving. Homecare providers have the experience that you might be missing that can help you to sort out what you and your senior really need to be doing right now.
Being prepared when you’re a caregiver is more about lining up the right tools before you need them than knowing exactly what to do. The knowledge comes as you and your senior weather all of this together.