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What Should You Really Know as a New Caregiver?

Elder Care Collierville TN - What Should You Really Know as a New Caregiver?

Elder Care Collierville TN – What Should You Really Know as a New Caregiver?

When you’re just getting started as a caregiver for your elder loved one, you’re not even sure what you don’t know yet. And there is so much to learn. These few tips can help you to get a solid foundation under you so that you can have a smoother caregiving journey.

You Need Boundaries

In the past, you may not have had all that many boundaries with your elder loved one and you might not have needed them. Now, however, as her family caregiver, you need some boundaries. These are a healthy mental line for you to establish. They help you to determine what you can accept and do and what you cannot. It also allows you and your elder loved one to maintain respect and dignity in your dealings with each other.

You’ll Need to Be Flexible at First

No matter what you expect from caregiving, it’s going to be different. You’re going to need to adjust your boundaries, your schedule is going to go haywire, and your health might take a dive. You’re going to need to be able to manage all of these changes in stride, so maintaining some flexibility is incredibly important.

You’ll Need More Help than You Think

At first, you might think that you can do everything on your own. You might even be right, to a certain extent. Depending on your elder loved one’s health, you may not have as many needs as you will later. However, the sooner you get into the habit of seeking and accepting help, the better. Talk to friends and family about pitching in and start working with elder care providers to get as much help as you can.

Start Meeting Other Caregivers Now

As a new caregiver, meeting and talking with other family caregivers, particularly ones with a great deal of experience, can be extremely valuable. Join a support group or two, either in person, online, or a mix. These groups allow you to interact with people who are dealing with the same situations you are. You’ll learn an incredible amount about caregiving and it will help you to deal with the changes that are coming.

As you continue in your caregiving journey, you’ll learn more and more.

For Elder Care Services in Collierville TN, please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth today!

 

About Walter Black

Born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and from Angelo State University’s School of Business with his MBA. Walter has worked in the senior market for nearly 15 years and has obtained the distinguish honor of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an organization committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to Seniors addressing their health, financial, and social issues. Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency. With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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