As COVID-19 sends us all to our homes and families, many Americans are suddenly finding themselves having to act as caregivers.
Adult children, who never before had to care for someone else’s life, are now having to cope with the stresses of caregiving. They’re having to learn how to balance the time, the money, the work load, as well as how to actually take care of a senior citizen.
If you’ve suddenly found yourself in the same or similar boat, keep on reading for some pro suggestions to help you navigate your way through this ever-changing time.
Remember: You’re not alone.
The most important thing about becoming a caregiver is to remember that you are not in it alone.
In fact, according to AARP’s research report on Caregiving in the United States in 2020, there is an estimated 41.8 million Americans providing care for seniors 50 and older.
This means, that you have resources. And you should take advantage of those resources. You don’t have to figure everything out on your own. You can get help and advice from those who have already gone through what you’re going through now.
And if you’re still struggling to stay afloat, you can always ask a friend or hire an experienced aide to come in and take care of your senior every now and then. This will give you some time to take a breath and get yourself caught up.
Don’t forget about your own health.
When you’re busy taking care of someone else, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself.
Sadly, 23% of Americans have claimed that caregiving has had a negative impact on their own health- a 6% increase from 2015.
No matter what, you should always be watching your health, both physical and emotional. Don’t neglect things like exercise, nutrition, social interaction, relationships, self-care, etc.
Family caregivers often rationalize that caring for their loved seniors takes precedence over caring for themselves. But, what they don’t realize is that it’s not an either-or situation.
You can care for your seniors and care for yourself.
- If you’re making a healthy meal for your senior, make one for yourself too.
- If you’re making your senior exercise, follow along with your own workout.
Find little ways to care for your own health at the same time that you care for your senior’s.
Get paid to be a caregiver.
One of the biggest stress factors of caregiving is finances. The reason is two-fold:
- Caregivers often end up dipping into their own checking and savings accounts to pay for their seniors’ medical necessities.
- Caregiving takes the time of a full-time job. Which means, that caregivers lose out earning money from jobs they would have been able to do had they not been caregiving.
Ease the financial stress by getting paid to be a caregiver.
Agencies like AmeriBest Home Care are always looking for new talent to join the family. AmeriBest has opportunities for full-time, part-time, and per diem work- no experience necessary!
Sometimes, caregiving isn’t a choice. It’s a necessity.
And, when that happens, you may as well make the most of it.