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Helping the Caregiver

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The person that has taken the responsibility to care for a senior family member has a great responsibility. It is a noble effort and can be quite rewarding but also carries many possible pitfalls that must be avoided. The one that can drag every caregiver down is the feeling that your needs must go unmet because your time must be dedicated to your elder parent or family member.

If you don?t get enough sleep or eat properly you could make mistakes that could adversely affect the wellbeing of the one you are trying to help. Frustration with jobs you take on can have you feeling all alone but there is plenty of help available.

For starters there is the USA.gov website with plenty of useful information under the heading ?caregiver?s resources? that you can use to help you provide the best care. They offer easy to understand explanations of Long Term Care Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and much more. This will be a valuable aid in your effort to provide help for your family member.

You can also get help by bringing in a home health aide from Specialty Care Services for a few hours a week. They can help with medicine management and household chores to take some of the pressure off of you. This will allow you to spend more quality time with the person you are helping and also get some some necessary alone time as well.

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