Caregiving for a loved one can be stressful, and mentally and physically draining, no matter how involved you are in the caregiving process. There are things that can be done to help alleviate that stress, free up more time for you, and keep you organized and ready over the long term. Part of that is creating a schedule to get others involved and taking advantage of offers to help. Self care should be a top priority as you work as a caregiver.
Another major part is planning. You never know what is going to happen, and health can change on a moment's notice. Do you know your loved one's wishes? Do you have the legal authority to make decisions for them, if they are unable to do so? These are all things to have a conversation about, to be aware, even if you are not a caregiver and your loved one is perfectly healthy.
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. It is a time to start having that conversation, and putting together Advanced Directives or Living Wills. Care management departments can help explain the difference and file the needed paperwork. Either way, the first step is the conversation.
Marcia Hartwig, RN and Education Coordinator at Perry, joins the Pulse to discuss caregiving tips, how to stay safe amidst COVID-19, and what documents are available to help plan for the unexpected.
Care Management Department - call 815-876-2152