Best way for a family caregiver to deal with the stress of caring for a senior
The later years of a senior’s life are so important and precious. A private caregiver can provide additional assistance, better yet “real help” for your loved one at home or in a residence.
As the family caregiver for your senior loved one(s). You will need to start planning senior care and, think about hiring a private caregiver to assist your senior loved one if they decide to stay home or needs extra personal assistance in a senior home.
A private caregiver is otherwise known as a formal caregiver who provides personalized caregiver services. Accept that your sanity and freedom will carry a financial cost. All too often a family caregiver will leave the option to hire a caregiver as a last resort, hoping to save a few dollars and the aggravation to find the right caregiver. What happens next is all too common, the wall of caregiver stress hits and catches you off guard when you least expect it.
This level of stress can feel as though your life as the family caregiver is unraveling right before your eyes. Guess what? you do not have time to worry or sit around in self pity. The world keeps going and you have many people, things and situations that still need your full attention regardless of how you feel. Oh yes and let us not forget the free help, all the other family members or friends who have graciously given as much time as they could to help, and the help has now begun to dwindle. At a certain point all the “FREE” help dries up and it then rests completely on your shoulders.
Typically what happens when you have exhausted all the help you can personally give and get, you simply take the first caregiver that is willing to help no matter what the cost, experience, background and from wherever you found them. This last minute decision will cost more in the long run. You must take the time initially to select a good private caregiver for your senior loved one(s). Try to put yourself in the seniors position having to spend hours at a time with a caregiver that is not a good match for them. Continuously changing caregivers can be very stressful in itself. In some cases it can bring on a whole new set of management responsibilities, on top of everything else you have going on in your life.
Once you accept that you need paid caregiver services, you can officially start to proactively begin your search. Take a second to think about all the important purchases you have made over the years, and how you would now be without these certain products or services. Take that feeling and realize it is the exact way that you will feel after you hire the right private caregiver. A good private caregiver and the right match for the senior will be able to finally replace you and give you the REAL break you need and deserve. A caregiver that works out will give you the gift of more time to enjoy the things you love doing for yourself, and to spend time with others.
***Now recruiting the right caregiver for your senior loved one will be your greatest challenge to date, however it can also be one of your greatest accomplishments.
‘Hire a Private Caregiver Guide and Template Package’ can help you, the family caregiver through the process to hire the right private caregiver. Start today and free up your time to enjoy your life and the time you spend with your senior loved one(s).
Templates included in download:
- Hire a private caregiver checklist
- Caregiver employment application form
- Caregiver job description form
- Senior care information form
- Caregiver employment agreement (long form)
- Caregiver employment contract (short form)
- Pre-interview questionnaire
- Caregiver interview questionnaire
- Reference check questionnaire
- Caregiver job post sample
- Daily senior care journal
- Housekeeping checklist
- Personal hygiene chart
- Senior care invoice
- Tax receipt for senior care