Love Caregivers!

Let’s Celebrate! πŸŽ†πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰
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. ⌚πŸŽπŸ‘

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. πŸ’›

I am going to take this opportunity to provide some quick questions to ask yourself to start preparing.

  1. Financially – what are you and your loved one working with, in order to cover the extra costs of care-giving?
  2. Are you capable of all the tasks all by yourself? 
  3. Do you have the social support and resources needed?
  4. How will care-giving affect your physical and mental health?
  5. 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?
  6. Will you be able to allow yourself to accept help and take breaks?
  7. Will you be able to cut back on work responsibilities during those times when they need care? 
  8. 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. πŸ‘

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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Thank you for reading, #A RN: Disclosed

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