Family caregiving is not a new concept in India. Taking care of family members at home was and still is the norm of the society throughout the country irrespective of people’s social status. As a society, we have always expected families to provide palliative care, emotional and financial support to our elderly parents and grandparents when they can no longer function independently.
Family caregiving is nothing more than a family member, most probably one of the children, taking the responsibility of caring for elderly parents. The caregiving role involves assistance with daily activities, providing direct care to the care recipient, assistance with mobility, provision of emotional and social support and health and medical care.
The role of a family caregiver constantly changes depending upon the health and mental condition of the care recipient. As such a caregiver’s role and responsibility can change from minor observatory role to increased intensity and complexity, making family caregiving an intensive, complex and long-lasting process, where the caregiver rarely receives adequate preparation for their role as family caregivers.
However, with the right help and support, you can be an effective and loving family caregiver, without having to sacrifice yourself in the process. So here are a few tips that can help make caregiving a rewarding and loving experience for both you and the care recipient.
Family caregivers play a key role in delaying and possibly preventing the need for senior home care services of older people. However, family caregivers may undergo considerable stress and exhaustion due to the intensity of caregiving responsibility. As such it always important for the family caregiver to stay connected with fellow caregivers and other family members to seek out reassurance and support when needed.
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