Caregiving can be exhausting physically and mentally – both for the caregiver and the one being cared for. As senior adults age and lose mobility and other abilities that used to come so easy to them, life can get frustrating. They need someone to advocate for them and care for them. Here are some simple tips for being an advocate for those you care for. We hope these tips will help relieve stress and anxiety from both you and the senior adult in your care.
- Be helpful and patient – Remember that there are many things those in your care used to be able to do, but can’t anymore. It’s very empowering for them to still have any independence they can. Offer help when needed, and be patient when they want to do things themselves – even if it takes longer than it would if you did it for them.
- Watch out for their health – When taking them to the doctor, communicate with the physician and nurses to let them know that you are the primary caregiver for this senior adult. Ask them to help you understand any information you’ll need to know to properly care for their patient. Help the doctors to know that they can trust you.
- Help with finances – We’ve gone more in depth on this topic in our article, Talking About Money With Your Aging Parents. Simply put, gently talk about the important issues in their financial life and reassure them that you have their best interests in mind.