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6 Key Responsibilities of a Family Caregiver

By Jeff Hill, 9:00 am on October 2, 2017

Being a family caregiver can be very rewarding, but it also requires a lot of focus and responsibility. When taking care of an elderly family member, you need to make sure he or she remains as healthy and happy as possible. Regardless of whether or not your loved one receives help from a professional caregiver, there will be some basic tasks you still need to manage. These six duties should be your primary focus.

1. Managing Medical Conditions

Family caregivers need to be aware of any medical conditions their loved ones encounter so they can help them get the necessary treatment. Some seniors may feel a little awkward about letting family members know about their health issues, but caregivers need to know more about their loved ones’ medical needs. You might need to meet with a doctor to learn about prescriptions, therapy, or other treatments your loved one may need.

If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Phoenix in-home care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

2. Creating a Care Plan

As a family caregiver, you will be responsible for creating a care plan that takes your loved one’s decisions and needs into account. You may need to divide caregiving duties among other family members or hire a professional in-home caregiver.

3. Taking Care of the House

Seniors may not have the energy or mobility to take care of their homes, which can lead to unsafe or unsanitary environments. Help your loved one clean, maintain, tidy up, and renovate his or her home.

4. Running Errands

Family caregivers often run errands with or without their loved ones. They may assist their loved ones in getting to doctor’s appointments, going to see friends, or attending church and other meetings. Caregivers can also help their loved ones by picking up prescriptions, food, toiletries, and other essential items.

5. Helping with Daily Tasks

Family caregivers can keep their loved ones clean, groomed, and safe each day. Some seniors feel more comfortable having a family member help them with getting dressed, combing hair, grooming facial hair, or taking care of oral hygiene. Talk to your loved one about his or her normal daily habits to find ways you can help.

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your loved one needs around-the-clock assistance with daily tasks. Whether you need respite from your caregiving duties or your aging loved one needs 24-hour home care, Phoenix, AZ, Home Care Assistance can meet your family’s care needs. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, ensure seniors take their prescribed medications, and help with a variety of tasks in and outside the home.

6. Providing Companionship

Aging in place can be difficult, and your loved one may need love and companionship even more than he or she used to. Do not get so caught up with your caregiving duties that you forget to just spend time talking to your loved one. Seniors often maintain better mental and emotional health when they know they have family members who appreciate them.

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Phoenix families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation. If you need a break from your caregiving duties or your loved one needs around-the-clock care, call Home Care Assistance at 602.388.1085 today.