Every day is different for every caregiver, but there are some distinct similarities in the experiences that caregivers have. Your individual approach is what can help you to get through.
Solving Emergent Issues
Problems are a regular part of every day as a caregiver. You might find that your days feel like one long series of emergencies that you keep having to manage and to solve. This gets exhausting quickly and it takes you away from what you really want to be doing, which is helping your senior to be as safe and as healthy as she can be. Putting plans in place that limit emergencies can help quite a bit.
As your senior’s health becomes more of a challenge, she may have more frequent appointments with doctors and with other specialists. For some caregivers, managing and scheduling these appointments can feel like a full-time job. You may need some help not only keeping track of the different appointments, but also helping your senior to get where she needs to go when she needs to go.
Sorting Through Paperwork
There is a lot of paperwork you’ll manage, too. It might come from those same doctor’s appointments, insurance companies, and all sorts of other sources. It’s vital that you have a way to corral and to make paperwork accessible. A flexible accordion file is one way to manage paperwork, but you might also use a 3-ring binder or some other means of keeping track of things.
Managing Health Equipment
Your senior may need a variety of health equipment and you’ll likely need to become adept with those tools. Something as simple as a home blood pressure monitor might not be intimidating. But a wheelchair or an oxygen concentrator might feel a little more out of your realm of experience. For these situations, you might consider hiring senior care providers to give you an extra set of hands and to loan you their expertise.
Enjoying Time with Your Senior
Spending time with your senior is probably the best perk of being a caregiver. Make sure that you do what you can to enjoy that time together. That might mean setting aside time for meals together or picking up a hobby together. Whatever it is that you both enjoy doing is fair game.
It’s also important that your day includes at least a little bit of self-care. That’s what helps you to push through and keep going for your senior.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Senior Care Services in Stonybrook NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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