One day everything’s fine; the next day it isn’t. Suddenly you’re in a whirlwind of emotions and expectations, wondering what to do next. The to-do list seems like it’s a mile long. Decisions go on forever. And bringing the entire family on board is way more difficult than you ever thought it would be.
Welcome to the world of caregiving. Unfortunately, most of us enter it in crash-course style.
And while it may be difficult to know where to begin, in many cases you simply fall into the next step based on need. But even with a few simple concepts in mind, you can create a fairly comprehensive list to help you bring your entire family on board.
Every family’s situation is different. Some may face temporary caregiving, which can be caused by surgery or a fall. Some may face permanent caregiving, after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, for instance. This is your starting point. This can help direct you into all decisions made for the future.
Where to live?
A lot of things should be taken into consideration before you make adjustments to the way you live as a family. Will your parent need help bathing or dressing? Can they be trusted on their own? Is this something that will improve over time? [Read more…]