“What is a caregiver? What does a caregiver do? Here are some things to think about as you begin your own caregiving process.” – Caregiverslibrary.org

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What Is A Caregiver?

“A caregiver is a person who provides needed help to an aging or infirmed loved one. Caregivers may supply emotional support, physical assistance, financial assistance, and many other types of care. Regardless of the situation, there are several guidelines to consider when you provide care for an adult friend or relative:

“The Person You Care For Is An Adult.

“He or she has the right to make decisions about his or her life. You should respect that right unless your loved one has lost the capacity to make decisions or could put others in danger through his or her behavior.

“Whenever Possible, Offer Choices.

The ability to make choices is a basic freedom, so provide choices whenever possible: from where to live to which cereals to eat at breakfast to what to wear. Choices enable us to express ourselves. As your loved one’s options become more limited, through health losses, financial constraints, or social losses, you have to work harder to provide choices.

“Do Only Those Things That Your Loved One Cannot Do.

“Caregivers often take over when they shouldn’t. If your loved one is still capable of performing certain activities, such as paying bills or cooking meals, then encourage him or her to do so. Helping your loved one maintain a feeling of independence will make him or her feel better about being in a care-receiving situation.

Click here to read the remaining list of what caregivers do at caregiverslibrary.org.

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