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What to Do When a Loved One Needs Extra Caregiving

It can be frustrating to see your loved one’s getting older and reaching a point where they are unable to fend for themselves the way they once did. Coming to terms with the fact that they may soon require help can be difficult. You want them to maintain their independence and their dignity as they transition into the later stage of life. But you know this can only be done with the help of professional non-medical caregiving.

When you notice your loved one is reaching a certain age, it is important to take a moment and let it all sink in. It’s not necessarily a bad thing for someone you care for to become old. On the contrary, it means your loved one has reached the later stage of life — something not all people do, and thus should be looked upon with gratitude.

As you accept that your loved one will be needing help in this next stage of life, the next step will be to find help for them.

The Next Step

The automatic reaction most people have when they realize their elders need help is to try and provide that help themselves. The issue with that, however, is that non-medical caregiving encompasses a lot of things, and they soon find themselves spent and tired. They eventually see this new development as taking a toll in their regular life. In many cases, constantly being with your elders and taking care of them can bring about depression as well as elevated levels of cortisol brought about by extra stress.

The best thing to do when you realize that your loved one’s need help is to look for the ideal person to provide nonmedical caregiving. A caregiver with the right training and a friendly and compassionate disposition will make all the difference in the world. This is a big decision, and one way to get your loved one to look forward to it is to involve them in the decision-making process.

Deciding on The Right Caregiver

When you first meet the caregiver, make sure they meet all the criteria you may have (from being able to lift whatever weight to being able to do x, y, or z). 

Having clear expectations from the start is usually the best approach. Even if they can check all your checkboxes they may end up not being quite a perfect fit. Do not settle for less; ask the agency if they can provide you someone who matches your expectations more fully. 

Most importantly, make sure that your loved one is happy with the caregiver provided to them. They will be spending a considerable amount of time together, and you want the best chemistry possible. 

Contact DreamProviders For Non-Medical Caregiving

Finding the right caregiver can prove to be a challenge in and of itself, but it doesn’t have to be when you call the experts over at DreamProviders.

We here at DreamProviders pride ourselves on giving only the absolute best care in the world to all of our clients. If you ever find that your loved one is reaching that certain age in life, and they reside in or around the San Antonio area, do not hesitate to contact us.

You may fill out our online form or give us a call anytime at (210)-908-9998.