Let’s Celebrate! 🎆🎈🎉
What are we celebrating?
We are celebrating - National Family Caregivers Month!
I want to take this time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the world; Thank you for your time, dedication, sacrifices, and love. ⌚🎁👍
I have come to realize many caregivers, have issues identifying whether they are a caregiver or not. So, what is family and what is a caregiver?
The following definitions come from Merriam-Webster:
- Family - a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation; a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head; a group of persons of common ancestry – this to me indicates that family includes paid, unpaid, blood related, and non-blood related persons – for myself as a RN and Care Manager, I see family as whoever the patient says his or her family is.
- Caregiver - a person who provides direct care; a person who gives help and protection to someone – so in some way shape or form, we all are caregivers to someone.
If you are reading this, and are just now figuring out that you are a caregiver to a loved one, it is okay. 💛
I am going to take this opportunity to provide some quick questions to ask yourself to start preparing.
- Financially – what are you and your loved one working with, in order to cover the extra costs of care-giving?
- Are you capable of all the tasks all by yourself?
- Do you have the social support and resources needed?
- How will care-giving affect your physical and mental health?
- If a loved one has dementia and can no longer screen their behavior, will you be able to cope with potentially hurtful words or actions?
- Will you be able to allow yourself to accept help and take breaks?
- Will you be able to cut back on work responsibilities during those times when they need care?
- Will you be able to make time for yourself and your family?
Those are just some questions to get your brain going, for the “what ifs” of care-giving. There could be several answers to those, questions, it’s just not a simple “yes” or “no” and there are options available to address those questions. 👐
If you are reading this, and finding yourself in need of some help, please don’t hesitate to contact me. As a RN and Geriatric Care Manager, I offer Caregiver Coaching, where we can walk through each of these questions 1 by 1, 1 on 1, and get you prepared.
Even if you have been a caregiver for some time and still not sure the answers to those questions, I can help you as well.
Do not go on this journey alone, although it is a beautiful journey to be on, it is a hard one; but being prepared, resourceful, and having some knowledge, can make the road a little easier.
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