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Family Caregiving for Seniors - SageCorner Blog

“Caregiving Around the Clock.”

by Deah on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 9:29 AM

As a family caregiver myself, I know what this year’s theme of National Caregiver’s month, “Supercharge Your Caregiving,” is recognizing. It is often a 24 hour, 7 day a week responsibility. Managing meals, transportation to appointments, groceries, bathing, dressing, incontinence issues, financial issues, cleaning the house, and managing medicine and health problems are just some of things we deal with daily. The month of November is set as National Family Caregivers Month to honor the millions of family and friends who give up their personal time to take care of a loved one, often without financial compensation.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) began promoting this national recognition of family caregivers during the Thanksgiving week; and in 1997 then President Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation. Every president since has done the same in appreciation of family caregivers. Some feel that the value of this care in unmeasurable and alleviates a lot of stress on our healthcare system.

The Caregiving action Network offers these 10 Tips for Family Caregivers.

1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!

2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.

3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.

4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.

5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.

6. Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay getting professional help when you need it.

7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.

8. Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find.

9. Make sure legal documents are in order.

10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

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Tips and ideas to help care for a senior loved one at home.

  

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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