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What to Do If You Need to Become a Senior’s Primary Caregiver

As people age, they become more likely to need assistance performing everyday tasks. Many seniors eventually require Las Vegas elderly care to remain in their homes, and often a senior’s own family members become the primary caregivers. If you have become the primary caregiver for your senior loved one, here are a few steps you can take to provide the best care possible.

Talk with Your Loved One 

Good communication is imperative when caring for anyone, but is especially important when caring for a loved one because you have an established emotional connection and relationship. When you talk with your loved one, make sure you address whether he or she is comfortable with you as the primary caregiver. Your loved one may be embarrassed to accept help, so reassurance is important. Find out what tasks challenge your loved one the most and how he or she would like you to help. Putting these types of decisions in your loved one’s hands can help him or her feel more in control of his or her care and life. 

Get Documents Together

It’s crucial to find out the location of your loved one’s important documents sooner rather than later. Having access to documents such as a medication list, identification, insurance documents, a living will, and a legal will can be very helpful if your loved one’s health declines and you need to make decisions for him or her. Likewise, now is the time to create these documents if they do not already exist. You may also want to ask your loved one if he or she is comfortable making you a power of attorney. 

Know Your Limits and Get Help 

As you transition to becoming the primary caregiver for your loved one, it’s important to take an honest look at how much care you can provide. Having limits is not selfish. Instead, it is a way to maintain your own health and the health of other family members. To provide good care to your loved one, you need to care for yourself as well, part of which means setting limits. This is also the time to find out what help other family members and friends can provide. The more help you have, the easier becoming a Las Vegas caregiver can be. 

Develop Your Care Plan 

Put together a plan of action for how you’ll care for your loved one. Your care plan may include tasks or times of the day your loved one needs you there, deciding when to bring in medical professionals to help, and creating a daily routine to give you and your loved one a sense of security and continuity. Once you’ve made a care plan, make sure to keep it updated as time passes.

Caregiving can sometimes be overwhelming, and there may come a time when you need a break from caring for your loved one. A part-time professional caregiver can help. For respite care Las Vegas family caregivers rely on, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist your loved one with a wide variety of tasks such as exercise, meal preparation, light housekeeping, and bathing. All of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which means you can rest assured your loved one will be in good hands while you have a chance to relax. To learn more, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 702-550-3185.