Family members who are providing caregiving services at no cost know that the role can be stressful. Whether providing basic aid for a spouse or Alzheimer's care for a parent, it's essential to take steps to make the burden lighter. Care2.com recently released tips for caregivers to help make the process simpler and better for everyone involved.
Caregivers who are providing aid to a loved one who is experiencing dementia may feel like they're dealing with a stranger. However, the website reminds individuals to remember the "person inside." Even though an older adult's mental state may seem different, they are still the person you remember from earlier in life.
The website also highlights patience and trust as important qualities for caregivers. The task of providing aid is very difficult, and will undoubtedly test a person's patience. But remaining calm and striving to reduce anxiety in tough times makes everyone involved happier.
Some family caregivers may want to lessen the burden by looking into assisted living or nursing care. Professional eldercare can give one the much needed respite from the demanding role of caregiver.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are approximately 15.9 million unpaid caregivers in the United States.