People tend to only focus on the awesome parts of retirement, but sometimes it may require you to become a caregiver for a loved one. Home Assist Health is here every step of the way to ensure you have all the tools and resources you need. Whether you planned for it or not, we have rallied up advice from our network of caregivers to offer you advice and support along the way.
Taking on the duties of being a caregiver comes with a lot of emotional tugs. Not only do you have to recognize and help your loved one through their physical and emotional challenges, but you must deal with your own thoughts about what could have been had this not happened. It is all too easy for frustration, sadness, disappointment, anger, resentment, and depression to creep in for both parties.
Here are some tips:
- Over communicate instead of hiding feelings. Keeping a positive attitude has healing powers for both the cared for and the caregiver.
- It is important to have some flexibility in your retirement budget. Have at least enough extra funds easily available to pay up to the health insurance plan’s out of pocket maximum amount each year.
- Share what is going on with the people in your life. Self isolation is unnecessary. It’s alright to accept help, especially when in a possible long-term caregiver situation. Then appreciate and be thankful for any help and to anyone who can make the time to lend.
- Instead of worry, let the doctors work through what they do and take care of yourself. As a caregiver, aside from our worrying being a waste of time, it can cause us to neglect our own health. a hand.