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3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Caregiver

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Caring for an aging loved one can be a rewarding, yet challenging experience. There is also a huge learning curve with caregiving as those who are just beginning the journey may not fully understand everything that is involved in providing quality home care in Omaha. While the task at hand may seem overwhelming, we wanted to provide some advice about caregiving. There are 3 things in particular that the inexperienced or new caregiver should know.

1. Education is Essential

There is more to caregiving than simply providing care. This means that the caregiver must take the time to learn about a few things. These things can include but are not limited to medications taken by the senior, basic life support measures such as CPR, and fall prevention techniques. Caregivers should know how, when and how much medication is taken and learn about potential side effects and interactions for example. Learning about health conditions the senior may have and what to expect and what is not normal is also important.

2. Getting the Proper Consents

– When taking on the role of caregiver, there are some scenarios that may require consent. This may especially be of importance if the loved one suffers from memory loss or another ailment that prevents them from caring for certain issues related to payment of bills or the medical aspect of care. The caregiver may need to obtain power-of-attorney for example, to consent for medical treatment if the senior is not able to make these decisions alone. Click here for more information about dementia care in Omaha and find out how professional dementia caregivers can help with household tasks, personal care, transportation and more.

3. Enhanced Communication Skills

– One of the most overlooked aspect of caregiving is the role of communicator. Other family, medical providers and caregivers will depend on the family caregiver for information regarding the senior. This can be very overwhelming and therefore, it is important to develop a plan for clear and effective communication. Write down important changes in symptoms, mood or behavior and share them with others involved with care management to ensure the appropriate level of care is provided at all times. Also, establish relationships with the individuals who assist with care, from doctors to hired caregivers, which can provide additional peace of mind.

The care, comfort and safety of your aging loved one are of the utmost importance. If you are unable to adequately provide care, it is okay to ask for help. Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of home care, specializing in hourly and live-in care in Omaha. With flexible care schedules, high caliber caregivers and comprehensive care services, you’re aging loved one can enjoy the care they need and deserve while you rest assured knowing they are in professional and caring hands. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call a Care Manager at 402-763-9140.

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