6 Common Questions We Hear from Caregivers
As a company that focuses on aging-in-place services, it is important that family members, clients, and patients stay well-informed. We often hear many different types of questions pertaining to all kinds of issues, but no matter what is asked, it is crucial that you know how to respond with the right answers. Here are six common questions we often hear from caregivers:
How Can I Get the Person I am Caring for to Accept Help?
This question comes up frequently because it is not easy to explain the challenges of elderly living at home, and family members often have a difficult time helping their loved one to see that they are not as independent as they once were. It’s a hard pill to swallow. We encourage caregivers and loved ones to be honest and open and to tell the person they are caring for their concerns. It also often helps to have the oldest sibling talk to the aging relative. The elderly sometimes still think of their youngest children as less knowledgeable than the oldest, although that may not be necessarily true.
How Can I Help My Family Member/Friend with Long Distance Care if I Don’t Live Nearby?
In addition to using virtual care services, we suggest creating a support team that is made of people who are regularly in contact with your loved one, whether it be some family members, nearby neighbors, fellow church members, etc. It is a good idea to include at least a couple of individuals who are close to your relative/friend so they can personally visit occasionally.
Can I Get Paid to Be A Family Caregiver?
When this question comes up there is only one answer we have for them: It depends. There are states that have programs to help people pay caregivers, which include family members. Some states have programs that also reimburse caregivers instead of paying them up front. Anyone interested in learning whether there is a program like this in their state or county can contact an aging services department or a local Medicaid office.
My Family Members Don’t Agree about How Best to Care for Our Loved One. What Is the Best Way to Work Through This?
This is a common issue between family members; it’s a touchy subject during an already-difficult time. It’s important that members of the family talk and always remain calm and open to new ideas; responsibilities should be divided as equally as possible. Even family members who do not live near the aging relative can help, thanks to virtual care home services and aging-in-place services. The best services combine advanced monitoring technology with regular contact from a licensed medical professional for the best care possible. Those family members who are far away can monitor their loved ones and even enjoy face time with them during their “shift” when it’s time to help. Having everyone on the same page will make the process go as smooth as possible.
How Do I Continue to Provide Care While Trying to Take Care of Myself?
When asked this question, we tell our clients to put their mental and physical needs first. It is a good idea to check up with a doctor regularly to make sure there is no untreated anxiety or depression. Sometimes people get so caught up in taking care of their loved one that their own health and well-being quietly slip away without them noticing until they become terribly exhausted or unwell. It’s important that clients know that they cannot take good care of someone else if they themselves are unwell.
Where Do I Find Training to Do the Tasks That I Am Expected to Do as A Caregiver for My Loved One?
It is a good idea to share information on any workshops, training seminars or classes, support groups, and educational opportunities that may be available in the family member’s local area. A useful tool for finding helpful local resources can be found here. These resources will help strengthen the caregiver’s skills, confidence in their ability to care and provide support for them. Caregivers need “caregivers” too! Support for everyone involved is crucial.
There is no doubt that many questions will come to mind often for caregivers who want to be there for their aging loved ones but may not be entirely sure how to do that well. It’s important that when family members approach home health care services with questions that they are met with well-preparedness and a can-do attitude. Putting their minds at ease will bring a sense of accomplishment and reinforce your position as a trusted source when asked questions about aging-in-place services. Contact us for more information about in-home technology-enabled care services today.