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New to Caregiving: What to Expect

Providing care to an elder or ill loved one is a responsibility that can have just as many challenges as it has rewards. Often, families take on a caregiving role during a time that is already stressful such as after a new health diagnosis which can further complicate the transition. While it may be reassuring to know that this arrangement offers many benefits for your elderly loved one, the first few weeks may be accompanied by many changes in your routine. Here is some insight on what to expect when you are new to caregiving, along with strategies that will help to smooth the transition for the entire family.

  • Changing Roles – At first, many senior adults balk at the prospect of having their children tend to their needs. For this reason, it is important to be patient and allow your parent time to adjust. When possible, wait until your parent is comfortable before broaching challenging topics such as how to manage their finances or household routines. Seeking professional elder care help for personal tasks, such as bathing, will also lessen the strain of changing roles. Click here for more information about part-time home care in Albuquerque.
  • Schedule Conflicts – New caregivers often underestimate the time involved for managing their loved one’s daily needs. If you have children at home or other responsibilities such as work, then you may find that schedule conflicts arise more often than you expected. Transportation to medical appointments, social outings and daily hygiene routines can all interfere with your normal schedule. Until you find the perfect balance, arrange for other family members or professional Albuquerque caregivers to assist with these tasks.
  • Mixed Emotions – Knowing that you are doing the best you can for your loved one will provide you with a sense of accomplishment, yet it can also take its toll on your health and emotions. Make sure to eat right, exercise and take brief periods of respite so that you can maintain your physical and emotional well-being. While it is normal to feel occasional guilt or be afraid that you are not doing enough, also keep in mind that each day you spend with your loved one helps to strengthen the bonds you share while ensuring the highest quality of life for your elder parent.

Providing elder care begins a new journey that is often accompanied by a roller coaster of emotions. While it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, it is also important that you know that you are not alone. Find out how the support of professional caregivers can help ease the transition to caregiving by visiting our website at www.homecareassistanceofalbuquerque.com. If you would like to speak to a Care Manager directly, please dial 505-798-0800 – we are available 24/7.