Caregiver Advice

Caregiving is one of the most important duties you will ever need to perform. Regardless of how you became a care provider, you may feel unprepared, nervous and overwhelmed about what is expected of you. At the same time, you want to provide the best care you possibly can. Because you likely are helping someone whose body or mind is no longer fully functioning, it’s important that you become a healthcare advocate.

Accepting key responsibility for healthcare means serving as a liaison between physicians, nurses and pharmacists to make sure all needs are safely met. This requires a proactive, informed approach to organizing appointments, ensuring all healthcare providers are aware of medications and therapies, and being aware of physical and emotional needs. These are all skills you can put on a caregiver resume.

Taking responsibility for someone else’s healthcare can feel overwhelming at times, especially if you attempt to handle it all on your own. It may not even be possible for one person to perform all the duties required in providing good care. In order to achieve some control over the situation, make a plan of action.

Determine the proper level of care
Start by listing the tasks that must be done, then assess your resources. Which duties can you handle yourself, and which will require professional assistance?

Consider outside professional help
You may discover things that require professional help, such as nursing care or special transportation. Are you uncomfortable with performing certain medical procedures or personal care responsibilities? Does the person you care for prefer professional assistance for personal care to help maintain privacy and dignity? It this is the case, it’s important you find the appropriate help. Caregiver jobs are also readily filled if you so choose to hire someone.

Boost your knowledge
The more knowledge you have, the better level of care you can offer. Do all you can to find practical information to prepare you for your responsibilities, which can help relieve anxiety. Research senior-related organizations, find support groups, read books, and look up websites that offer all types of caregiving and disease-specific information.

Talk to your local pharmacist
If you have medication questions, health questions or just general care questions, talk to a trained pharmacist. They’re all there to help, and they know that every question is important.

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