Caregiving Looks Different For Everyone

If you spend any part of your time taking care of your elderly parents, you are a caregiver.  Each family is different, and each family needs to find its own way of balancing needs, talents, and resources.

Some of the different forms caregiving may take include:

  • Checking on your parents to see how they’re managing, running errands for them, and taking them to doctors.
  • Locating people and services to provide additional help in order to allow your parents to remain in their own homes.
  • Finding assisted living and monitoring care.
  • Finding a  skilled nursing facility and monitoring care.
  • Providing care in your own home.

Coaching helps a caregiver:

  • Maintain dignity and respect for your parents.
  • Arrange a safe living situation.
  • Find medical and legal support.
  • Locate community resources.
  • Handle financial issues.
  • Hold honest and sometimes tough conversations with your parents.
  • Coordinate with the rest of your family and ask for help.
  • Cope with situations that change, often rapidly.
  • Set boundaries and maintain a fulfilling life for yourself.
  • Find emotional support and understanding.
  • See opportunities for personal growth and healing.