Suddenly a New Caregiver
The advent of becoming a family caregiver is very often not an expected and planned for event. It happens in the instance of a loved one’s illness diagnosis, medical emergency, accident or perhaps more gradually with the progression of a chronic or ultimately fatal disease.
None the less - whether sudden or gradual - most of us are not initially prepared or well informed stepping into the very complex roles and responsibilities of a family caregiver.
Family Caregiver Journey
So starts the family caregivers’ journey with their loved one(s). Because the needs and condition of the one being cared for will likely change for purposes of OurNewTime content, scope and discussions we are taking a broad view of family caregivers’ role and needs throughout the Caregivers’ journey whatever environment their loved one may live or be in whether it’s their home, the hospital, rehab, a senior living or memory care community, or a nursing home.
Where do I start?
Every set of circumstances and family dynamics may are going to be somewhat different. Still there are some fundamental steps and considerations at the very start that can help guide subsequent short and longer term options, plans and decisions. These will be discussed in more detail in ongoing Caregiving posts.
The topics to be covered will include:
Guiding Steps to Start
How do I juggle the rest of life with caregiving responsibilities?
Family leave job protection
Team work within family
Engaging family friends
Being an advocate for a loved one
Caregivers sharing and helping each other