The phrase, “it takes a village,” is often used in reference to raising children. It implies that rearing a child is so complex a task that accepting support from the people and resources around you is not only necessary, but natural. The same idea can also be applied seamlessly to the task of caring for an aging loved one.
Tuscan Gardens® Senior Living knows just how important a community is when it comes to caring for seniors. Providing full-time care for an aging parent or loved one is not easy to do without help especially if that loved one has a chronic health condition or suffers from a degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, the responsibility of ensuring a loved one’s health and well-being can be too much to bear alone. For family caregivers, it helps both caregiver and loved one to take a team approach to their physical and emotional needs.
Overwhelmed caregivers are at risk of high levels of stress, physical health problems and depression. With these conditions, it becomes even harder to give your loved one the care they need and deserve. But by coordinating a team of friends and family who are committed to sharing the caregiving load, you can enjoy better health and successfully provide your loved one with the best possible care you can give.
A great caregiving team includes people who have different talents and strengths, yet they all share the same goal: making sure your loved one experiences the best care and quality of life. You may be surprised by who steps up to offer help, or perhaps you will need ask people directly to join your team.
Your caregiving team could include:
It’s up to you to build your team of care partners. When thinking of who to ask, consider each person’s personalities and time commitments. For example, your sister who already babysits her two young grandchildren may not have the time or energy to give. However, your neighbor who is a retired nurse could be an excellent and reliable caregiver if you need someone to stay with your loved one while you run some errands.
Once you know of people who are willing to help you care for your loved one, you’ll need to uncover the best ways to go about coordinating the tasks involved with your loved one’s care. You’ll have to work together to determine the best ways to coordinate all of your various strengths and resources in order to meet your loved one’s needs. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
With the help of a dedicated team caring for your loved one, both of you can begin to experience better health, well-being and support. You’ll find the weight of caregiving a little easier to bear when you have a team of loving individuals to help carry the load.
At Tuscan Gardens, we understand what it means to provide the best care for someone you love. In fact, that’s how our community came to be. Our founders experienced the desire to give their parents the very best care. Finding it lacking, they decided to create Tuscan Gardens. We know exactly how high your standards are, and we’re proud to deliver.
If you could use some help coordinating your care team at home, or would like to know about the services we provide at our community, stop by, give us a call, or contact us. We’re always at the ready to help family caregivers meet the unique needs of their loved ones.