As your parent continues to age, you may begin to notice that they need a helping hand with certain things, like managing medication and safely moving around their home. In general, they may need to make lifestyle changes that improve their quality of life. This all can be intimidating when you step into the caretaker role for them — but you don’t have to do it on your own. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to provide compassionate care to your loved one.
How to Provide Compassionate Care for a Loved One
To start your caregiving journey, take the time to learn how to support your parent or loved one in a kind and caring way.
- Understand health conditions. When you educate yourself about the health concerns your loved one is going through, it will make for a much smoother experience for you both. Start by going with your parent to appointments and asking their healthcare provider for information that can help you better understand their conditions. You can also use reliable sources online to research their health concerns, so you can better put their needs first and ask their doctor informed questions.
- Be an open communicator. Keeping an open line of communication between you and your parent will help you both feel more comfortable expressing your feelings and concerns. At the same time, be sure to listen to your loved one and make an effort to understand what they’re sharing with you.
- Don’t choose this role out of necessity. Your parent took care of you for years, so you may feel the obligation to do the same for them. But if you’re acting out of a sense of duty rather than from a place of love, you may struggle to provide them the care and attention they deserve. In this case, a senior living community can help. However, if you do continue to be the primary caregiver for your loved one, remember to be patient with yourself and try your best to put them first.
- Take some time for yourself. When you take on too much work, fatigue is a common outcome. This is true for caretaking, as well. It’s important to remember that while you want to do everything you can for your parent, you need to prioritize self-care, too. Make time every day to relax for a bit — read a book, quietly meditate or do something else you enjoy. When you have the chance, take a few days for a vacation. And, of course, don’t be afraid to ask for some help when you need it.
- Remember to ask questions. Being a caregiver is likely a new role for you. If you aren’t sure about something, ask — talk to an expert or speak with someone you know who is an experienced caregiver. You’ll also want to find a support system that can help get you through the difficult times.
Experience Compassionate Caregiving at Garden Plaza
Garden Plaza of Florissant is here for you and your loved one. While you may be putting forth every effort to take care of your parent to the best of your ability, there may likely be a time when you can no longer care for them yourself. Should you find yourself in that position, Garden Plaza offers an assisted living option that allows your parent to maintain independence while still receiving the care they need. Our 24-hour emergency response system is monitored by on-site staff, so you know that your loved one is always being cared for. No matter what your parent needs, we’re here to offer the best care possible.
To learn more about the level of care Garden Plaza of Florissant provides, contact our team today.
This content is for educational purposes only and does not serve as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please consult your healthcare provider. If you’re experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.