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Home Care Tips: Questions to Ask Before Becoming a Family Caregiver

Nov 21, 2018 by Gregg Gammello

Although family caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be challenging at times. If you’re considering becoming a family caregiver, there are certain questions you should ask yourself to determine whether it’s right for you. Home care providers suggest the following questions:

Am I capable of taking care of my senior loved one on my own?

Think about your day-to-day life. Do you have enough time to dedicate to family caregiving? If you have a job, family or social responsibilities, you may not have enough time to care for your senior on your own. Juggling caregiving with other duties is no easy task.

How will caregiving affect my physical and mental health?

The truth is that caregiving can be physically and emotionally draining. If you get stressed or overwhelmed easily or already have a tough time working out and eating healthy, adding caregiving to your life may not be the best decision.

Am I financially prepared to become a family caregiver?

Unfortunately, family caregivers do not get paid. They are choosing to care for their older loved one out of the goodness of their own hearts. If you have to quit your job to become a family caregiver or cannot afford to make purchases for your senior, you may want to wait until you’re in a better position financially.

Will I allow myself to take breaks?

Caregiver burnout is a real problem. If you rarely take breaks in your current life in order to relax and rejuvenate, you may experience caregiver burnout if you choose to become a caregiver. Home care services such as Comfort Keepers can give you a break from caregiving but if you don’t see yourself asking them or ask for help, you may want to reconsider family caregiving.

 

By asking yourself these questions and answering them honestly, you can figure out whether you should become a family caregiver or opt for home care for your senior instead.

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