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Understanding the Senior Caregiver Journey

Posted by CaraVita Village on Jun 15, 2019, 7:00:00 AM | 2 minute read

CaraVita Village - Understanding the Senior Caregiver Journey

The caregiver journey is a loving one. It is an ode to the service your loved ones gave to you when you were growing up and while undertaking senior care may not be the most comfortable journey, it can be a rewarding one. CaraVita Village is committed to providing helpful information to our readers so they can improve the caregiver journey and enhance their loved one’s experiences.

Research

The first thing we recommend you to do is research your loved one's condition, if your senior care starts with old age, you may think you've found yourself in luck. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. If your loved one has Alzheimer's Disease, you may find yourself in an even tighter spot, and we would recommend extensive research and helpful guides like this one.

No matter what age your loved one is, research and understanding are vital in senior care. If you are thinking of taking on the responsibility, then you should start researching before considering it. Senior care is not the easiest of work, and it will take careful attention.

Personal Time

Another critical component of senior care is also learning to take care of yourself; take five minutes to yourself because senior care is a lot of work. You really can't help your loved one if you can't take care of yourself. If you ever find yourself too stressed out, relax, and take a breath. Taking some time for yourself can help relax the mind and work to improve your focus on the task at hand.

If you’re unable to handle personal matters due to your caregiving duties, it can be helpful to ask a friend for assistance for a few hours while you get things done. Even having a break for a few hours can improve the balance in your life and allow you to manage your routine for the rest of the day.

You may also want to consider joining a caregiver group to help relieve some stress and find useful tips, but don't let it get the best of you. Caregiver groups assemble several family caregivers and allow them to discuss essential caregiving matters, tell their stories, and share tips on how to improve their experience!

Reflect and Review

There are plenty of hardships along the caregiver journey, but don't give up. It can be especially helpful to reflect on the experiences you’ve shared with your loved one because it will provide insight into the precious moments the two of you have shared during your time together. When things get hard, remember that you’re helping someone in need and that they appreciate you greatly. Although things may seem challenging at times, the caregiver journey creates a unique role that has an opportunity to be an extremely rewarding responsibility.

CaraVita Village knows that caring for the senior you love can be stressful, but with the help of our tips, you and your loved one will be on your way to creating a bond and memories that will last for years to come.

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