As a caregiver, there’s something you must always keep in mind: it’s critical to care for yourself, just as much as you care for your loved one.
If you neglect to do so, it could result in a situation in which you put off your own health concerns, thus causing additional trouble in the near future.
Finding relief is easier said than done, especially if you like to take a hands on approach, but there are places you can search for help:
- Home health care agencies
- Other family members and friends
- Local services, such as Meals on Wheels
Also, there may come a point when you realize that you’re no longer able to provide in-home care. It’s then that you need to look into more advanced options, such as an assisted living community or nursing home.
Here are some questions to answer as you attempt to determine if you’re able to continue caring for your loved one:
- Do you have the time in your schedule to provide the necessary care?
- Are you comfortable with the level of care you’re providing?
- Are you concerned that you’re neglecting your health as a result of the level of care you’re providing?
- Are you worried that your loved one would receive better care if they resided in a nursing or assisted living facility full-time?
- Are the costs of caring for your loved one in their home beginning to add up?
As you answer these questions, you should also turn your attention to the steps you must take in regards to legal planning. For example:
- Emergency Medicaid planning
- Personal resources your loved one can use to pay for care
- Long-term care insurance, should your loved one have a policy
It’s critical that you take care of yourself and your loved one, as neglecting your personal needs isn’t good for anyone. It puts your health at risk, which means that the other person won’t be able to rely on you any longer.
If you have any questions about disability planning, incapacity planning, or long-term care, you’re in the right place. Contact us to discuss your situation, obtain professional guidance, and to help your loved one get the best care possible.