Tips for Senior Caregiving

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Caring for a senior is a very noble duty, but it also a very delicate one that requires a great deal of patience and true home care. It is important to remember that you are not only looking after the physical health of the care receiver but you are also helping to maintain their mental and emotional well-being by being around, showing a caring attitude and helping them feel liberated.

As we age, we begin to lose certain abilities that came easy in our youth. It is the role of a home care to assist seniors in feeling “able” even in the ways that they are not physically able. For instance, a senior may not be able to shop independently and you may help them feel liberated by pushing their wheelchair and pulling a cart so that they can still enjoy the shopping experience in their later years of life.

Here are some tips on how to care for seniors, whether as a professional caregiver or someone helping out a friend or loved one.

Ask them What They Need and Make List

The senior wants to know that their needs and desires matter. One of the best ways to make sure this happens for them is to sit down and show true care by asking them what they need and desire daily in their life. Ask them how you can help and then begin taking notes and make a list of duties that you can perform that will enrich their life.

Your list may start longer than necessary and you can add to or delete things from it as the days pass. Perhaps you can also suggest solutions to common issues they fact – things they may not have thought of on their own.

The Importance of Patience

Seniors may feel a bit helpless and may get cranky or act controlling to try to compensate for this feeling. Be patient with them if their disposition is slightly short of sunny some days. It is to be expected for someone who is in less of a position to take care of themselves than they would like to be.

Keep a positive attitude and refrain from reacting emotionally if the senior has a bad day and gives you a hard time. Regardless of whether caregiving is your career or a favor you are doing, you should know that it is going to have its tough moments and you must be prepared and equipped to deal with those moments in a healthy and positive manner.

Take Care of Yourself

One of the all too often overlooked aspects of being a senior caregiver is to remember to take care of yourself properly. If you are not your best, you will not be able to give your best to the care receiver. Make sure you sleep properly (but preferably not on the job) and eat properly. Schedule breaks and respite for yourself. Do not allow yourself to burn out.

Get support from other caregivers and remember to vent to family or friends but never vent too much negativity to the care receiver or his or her family.