Caregiver Tips

Caregiver FAQs

Caring for a loved one can be a very special time in your life. But there are times when even caregivers need help. Let’s face it, balancing both the responsibilities of your daily schedule and that of a loved one can be a big commitment both mentally and physically. The following may help in coping with the challenges, changes and often difficult decisions facing caregivers today.

 

I’m taking care of my mother, but I feel overwhelmed by work and other family obligations. Are there support groups for caregivers in my situation?

There are plenty of community-based support groups where you can get information, meet others in your situation and simply find a place to be heard and understood. Check with your doctor, a social worker or the NYS Office of the Aging for support groups in your area.

I love caring for my parents and want them to be able to stay in their own home as long as possible. Do you have tips so I don’t get burned out?

It’s essential that you take care of yourself, so you can take care of others. Try the following:

  • Eat well and exercise regularly
  • Educate yourself on caregiver issues
  • Keep a journal of thoughts and feelings
  • Don't do it alone – accept help when offered and appropriate
  • Utilize community programs or support groups

We've decided to get some help for my 80 year old father who just needs some companionship and help around the house. How do we tell him?

  • Before hiring a caregiver, discuss it with your loved one
  • Allow your loved one to be involved in the process
  • Include your loved one in the assessment process and allow him/her to ask and answer questions they may have