4 Steps to Caring for a Family Member

Caring for a family member is one of the most important roles you'll ever play
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Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles you’ll play.  It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or to go to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals or handling bills.

No matter where you are in your caregiving journey, having a good framework to help guide both you and your loved one, will make the process easier.

Here are some practical tips to help you care for your family member. as well as 4 important steps that will help see you through your caregiving journey.

Start the Conversation

Many people wait until a crisis occurs before they talk about their values and preferences, wishes for health care or details of their finances. If you wait until a fall, accident or serious diagnosis, big decisions my be driven by assumptions.

Form Your Team

No one should try to approach the responsibilities of caregiving alone. While other family members are likely sources of support, don’t overlook friends, colleagues, clubs, or religious and other organizational affiliations as resources too.

Make a Plan

Putting together a family caregiving plan now will help you respond more quickly and effectively should the need arise and provide some peace of mind. A plan gets everyone on the same page and keeps the focus on what’s best for your loved one.

As a family caregiver, it’s easy to forget about your own needs. t’s just as important to make a plan to care for yourself, as it is to create a caregiving plan for others. Don’t hesitate to reach our to our team of professionals who have experience in helping family caregivers.  

[1] Source: Prepare to Care A Planning Guide for Families. SAGE and AARP Prepare to Care Guide – AARP® Official Site .Accessed 18 March. 2018.

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