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.