Life is about team-work. But much more so when it comes to caregiving.
Of all the family caregivers I’ve met over the years, the most frustrated and stressed out ones, are those that go it alone.
If you’re a family caregiver, the first thing you need to do is to get your head in the right place.
Let me share with you the holy grail of caregiving peace of mind.
Here it is: You Don’t Have To Do it Alone!
Creating your own Ocean’s Eleven caregiving crew is the goal here.
A group of people of different skills and personal circumstances who can help you deal with your day to day caregiving.
- Recruit one or two family members (preferably people who got your back!) that can help you take respite at least once a week.
- Find a dedicated and caring social worker. Even if you have to go through a few to find the one!
- Hire a home care agency that can help you with both skilled/non-skilled help.
- Create a list of nearby businesses that focus on senior care or that can make your life easier on the different aspects.
- Get a transport option you can count on.
- Have your doctor-visit-day team ready and your day planned out.
- Hire a Doctor who can make house visits.
- Have at least one back-up person that can help in emergencies.
- Connect with a travel agency that focuses on senior travel needs.
Depending on your circumstances, you may not need all of these members on your circle of trust team. But it’s a good start!Claudio Alegre is the CEO & Chief Content Writer for Angel Home Care Services on the Web and Patient and Family Advocate off the Web. He lives in Miami with his wife and 3 boys. He's passionate about healthcare and all things caregiving. He can be reached at [email protected] or directly at 305.220.4544
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