Caregivers perform an essential role in today’s society by caring for the disabled and elderly when they are unable to complete basic functions for themselves. From eating and dressing to bathing and moving around, caregivers provide the support that is needed every single day. It is very possible that you have shouldered these caregiving responsibilities for months or years, likely without any financial reward, previous experience, or extra support.
If so, you are hardly alone. Research indicates that 34 million family caregivers provide unpaid, in-home care to a relative, which equates to 36 percent of U.S. adults! Though rewarding in many ways, caregiving is also challenging. If you have made the decision to pass off caregiving responsibilities to a medical professional, these ideas will help you establish a strong relationship with her and continue to provide support for your loved one.
Communicate What You Know…
If you have been functioning as your loved one’s caregiver for any period of time, you have undoubtedly learned a great deal about what best helps your loved one through the basic tasks of the day. You may feel guilty, nervous, or territorial as you hand your caregiving power over to another person. These are all natural feelings that can best be resolved by communicating clearly and honestly with your loved one’s caregiver.
Take the time to explain, or even write down, everything that you want her to know about your loved one, his condition, and the routines and practices that best suit his needs. Your loved one’s medical caregiver will appreciate this information and build her own habits on your advice.
… But Give the Medical Caregiver Space to Thrive
Just be sure that once you have made your points clear, you give the caregiver space and time to develop a familiarity with your loved one. Allow her to make her own routines, get to know your loved one’s needs, and identify any challenges that she faces. Resist the urge to step on her professional toes and do her job for her.
Of course, using a medical caregiver to help your loved one is only possible with strategic estate planning in place. Without the money and other resources to afford a medical caregiver, your loved one will need to find an alternative form of care. It’s never too early to speak with an elder law attorney to make sure your family has its financial plan firmly in place.
Call the Law Offices of Kimberly K. Muenter, P.A. at 941.567.1671 now to make an appointment and begin the very important process of planning for the rest of your life.