5 STEPS to Caregiving
1. 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 may be driven by assumptions.
Try these conversation starters with your loved one.
2. FORM YOUR TEAM
No one should approach the emotions and responsibilities of caregiving alone. While other family members are likely sources of support, don't overlook friends, colleagues and organizational affiliations as resources too.
How to form your caregiving team.
3. MAKE A PLAN
Putting together a caregiving plan now will help you respond more quickly and effectively should the need arise. It can also provide some peace of mind. A plan helps everyone get on the same page and keeps the focus on what is best for your loved one.
Download our free caregiving guide and checklists.
4. FIND SUPPORT
There will be many issues that arise during your caregiving experience that require additional information and resources. Don't hesitate to reach out to organizations and professionals with experience in caring for older people.
Explore these free, effective caregiving resources.
5. CARE FOR YOURSELF
As a caregiver, it's easy to forget about your own needs. But keeping up your energy and maintaining your health are critical in order to care for your loved one. It's no less important to make a plan to take care of yourself than to create a caregiving plan for others.
Here's a new way to reach out for support.
How to balance caregiving with work, family and your own personal needs.