As a caregiver for a family member or loved one, our roles are rewarding but stressful. After all, we’re responsible for the well-being both our family member and ourselves. If our health isn’t optimized, it becomes difficult to give the quality of care we’re capable of giving. With that in mind, here are four tips for family caregivers to help manage their role:
Did you know several programs in California will pay you to be a caregiver to a family member? While there are qualifications you’ll have to meet, this can be a great way to defer costs and make your caregiver role more manageable.
Check out programs like:
- In-Home Supportive Services from Medi-Cal, which will pay family members for providing unskilled, non-medical care.
- Veteran’s Aid & Attendance Pension, which pays the children of war-time veterans who need care. Qualifying for this program can be complicated, so be sure to check with your local Veterans Affairs office.
- The Paid Family Leave (PFL) Act, which allows relatives to take time off from their job to care for a family member
The National Alliance for Caregiving, the Eldercare Locator, and the AARP are just a small sample of the hundreds of organizations committed to helping you be a better care provider. There’s no reason to go it alone or feel isolated. Reach out for help when it’s needed and you and your loved ones will benefit. Here’s a great list of resources from the AARP.
Give Yourself Credit for Doing a Great Job
We know that being a caregiver can get difficult sometimes. It’s important to give yourself credit for taking on one of the hardest jobs imaginable. Still, caring for another can be frustrating at times. Remember these quick tips to help keep your peace of mind.
- Focus on what’s going well, not what’s going wrong.
- Take time to reward yourself for a job well done.
- Write down your thoughts so you can process things that are on your mind. The duties of daily life can make it possible to reflect on the important service you’re providing.
Technology Like EasyCall is On Your Side
We’re living through an unprecedented technological boom. We see it everywhere from our smartphones to self-driving cars. The great part is that these advances in tech are making it easier than ever to be a caregiver. Smart medicine dispensers can keep track of whether seniors are taking their meds, and wireless cameras let family members check in on seniors any time of day.
Technology like EasyCall gives your loved ones a 24/7 connection to help. With one push of a button, EasyCall can send help. EasyCall can even detect fall automatically, so there’s no need to push a button in the case of an emergency. Connected smart technologies like these mean your loved ones never have to be alone.