As caregivers, we can all do things to improve the way we give care to elderly loved ones. Asking questions, organizing important documents, making your home safe and seeking help from home health care agencies are all things that you can do to lessen your stress as a caregiver.
Ask your loved one questions on a regular basis. These include asking your loved one how they are feeling and what they are doing. Make sure that when you are giving your loved one advice and suggestions, that you do so in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
Organize your elderly loved one's important documents so that they are neat and easy to find. This can be really helpful for times when you're in a rush. Some important documents to keep organized are insurance information, a list of health care contacts, a list of prescriptions and health care history documents. Also, keep a calendar of all doctor appointments so that you realize when your loved one will need assistance getting to appointments.
You can make your home safer for your loved one so that they are comfortable and avoid injury. Install handrails and grab bars in the bathroom that your elderly loved one uses. Also, add night lights in the hallways and secure all rugs.
Contact home healthcare agencies, like Home by Choice to assist with meal preparation, grocery shopping and other important daily tasks. Just remember that you are not in this alone and there are many resources you can turn to for assistance.