Four Tips to Ease into Caregiving

If you’re able to ease into caregiving rather than get thrown into the deep end, you’ve got an opportunity that many caregivers don’t get. Take your time and don’t try to get ahead of yourself. There will be plenty of time for you to be busier than you ever expected would be possible.

Talk to Her about What She Wants as Soon as Possible

So many people are thrown into caregiving without the opportunity to learn what their senior wants from the experience. If you’ve got the opportunity to talk to your elderly family member, do so. This is the perfect time for you to discover what she expects from her future and from you as her caregiver. Those plans may need to change over time and because of circumstances you can’t predict now, but you at least know what she wants.

Try to Always Remember Her for Who She Is

It’s so easy to get bogged down in the minutiae of caregiving and to overlook the fact that your senior is an important person to you. She had her own life and she still does, even if she needs a little help now. Try to always keep that in the forefront of your mind. It will make some of the situations you’re in later a little easier to handle.

Pace Yourself and Get Help Early

You can go big now and throw yourself headlong into caregiving, but if that’s not what your senior needs just yet you’re wasting your energy. It’s far better to pace yourself. Determine exactly what your senior needs and make that happen. Also, it’s never too early to bring in some help. Whether you’re getting help primarily from family members and friends or exploring the options that home care offers to you, you still need help.

Gather Information Constantly

You may not feel as if you know what you need to know now and that’s understandable. But being a caregiver means that you’re going to be constantly learning more about your senior’s needs, her health, and about caregiving in general. Do what you can to soak up as much of that information as you can because you’re going to need it.

Being a caregiver is incredibly rewarding but it can also be intimidating. Remember that you’re going into this with the best intentions and then just make the best decisions you can with the information and the resources that you have.

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About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.