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Self-Care Assessment for Caregivers

Providing care for an aging or chronically ill loved one can be an emotional roller coaster. The family caregiver may feel humbled that they can care for the elder, frustrated with demands placed on them and sad as their loved ones abilities decline – all at the same time. Coupled with physical demands and time restraints, caregiving can be overwhelming. This is where the lines of caregiving can become blurred. A self assessment can be a valuable tool in determining whether assistance from a reliable Westfield home care agency is needed.

Safety is Always First

Safe, efficient care is always priority, and there are a few questions the caregiver should ask themselves. Can mom or dad be left alone? If not, is there someone to stay with them while you are gone? If left alone, would they be able to call for help in the event of a fall or other injury? If the answers to any of these questions are no, this indicates there are safety concerns and outside help may be needed.

Managing Emotions

Providing 24 hour care for an aging parent in Westfield can be emotionally draining and not everyone may be able to handle these emotions. Do you find yourself becoming angry with your parent? Are you lashing out at your loved one and your family members? Do you feel alone? Are you feeling withdrawn or experiencing periods of extreme sadness? When the answer to any of these questions is yes, your emotions may be leading the type of care you are providing, endangering your own health and the health of your aging loved one.

Personal Considerations

It is important to remember that the sacrifices made by the caregiver affect all of those around them. Can you afford to take time off from work if necessary? Will you still be able to tend to the needs of your own family? Are you physically able to meet demands? Although many first time or inexperienced family caregivers feel asking these questions is being selfish, it is in fact being realistic about the situation at hand.

Families should also consider the care needs of their loved one. While needs may be minimal at first, certain conditions will progress with time and require additional skills to ensure quality care, comfort and safety. For instance, if a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, early stage symptoms may be easily met. However, as the disease progresses, specialized Westfield Alzheimer’s home care may be a better option.

If you feel overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities, know that you are not alone. Reach out to the friendly Care Mangers at Home Care Assistance of Westfield. We offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations and can discuss the individual care needs of your aging loved one. Call 908-450-9400 to get started today.