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Speaking from personal experience, being a caregiver is a rewarding endeavor, but it can be filled with enormous challenges. There is no one that will advocate for your loved one like you. The more you discuss expectations with loved ones from parents, to a spouse, to your children, to siblings, the easier future choices will be.
As a caregiver, it is very easy to slip into neglecting your personal needs. Consider asking your spouse or a friend to speak up when they notice you are setting your personal care aside.
Before beginning the process there are many things to consider. Start with a candid conver- sation. Talk with your parents about how you
will be helping them to meet their needs. Unless they are severely incapacitated, they should continue to make their own decisions and remain a central part of all discussions about their care. In fact, most would prefer that. Encourage them to articulate concerns. Often parents are worried about becoming a burden and losing control of their lives.
Talk to your spouse. Recognize that your responsibilities affect your spouse, and encour- age him or her to talk about any frustrations.
Discuss specific ways your spouse can help, and show appreciation for their efforts. Your relation- ship is a priority – keep it that way.
There are a few challenges that seem to regularly be part of the caregiving process. Both you and your spouse need to be on board with the implications of caring for a loved one.
1. Time management: Caregiving takes time. As a result, caregivers have less time for other family members and themselves. In
a recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, more than half of caregivers reported that their duties have caused them to sacrifice vacations, hobbies, or other activities.
2. Competing demands: Balancing caregiving responsibilities with the demands of a job can be difficult. Tasks – such as calling doctors, checking in with social workers, arranging services, and scheduling appointments – require daytime hours. Consequently, caregivers need workplace accommodations such as going in late, leaving work early, or taking time off.
3. Financial implications: The costs linked to caregiving add up. A study by the National Alliance for Caregiving found that the out-of- pocket cost for caregivers is roughly $5,500 per year. That includes food, travel,
transportation, medical insurance co-
pays, and prescription or over-the-counter medications. Long-distance caregivers had even higher estimated expenses, at nearly $9,000 per year. When caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, costs can reach $11,000 or more.
4. Physical and mental stress: For those providing intense care for long periods, the physical and mental toll can be heavy. Al- though most caregivers don't attribute health problems to caregiving, some say they feel frustrated, exhausted, angry, or sad.
Set your priorities. Make a list of what needs to get done and how you plan to do it. An organized approach puts you in control, reduces stress, and ensures that your parents get the assistance they need. Establish limits to help prevent unrealistic expectations. Don't be afraid to delegate to others and be ready to offer alter- natives when needed. Be sure to create backup plans, and ask others to serve as reinforce- ments if necessary. Write down your plans and schedules, and give a copy to all involved family members. A shared calendar on your cell phones can work perfect.
Build a support network. In most families, one person assumes the role of primary caregiver. But that doesn't let others off the hook.
 Flexible & affordable personal health care services in your home
value the comforts,
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love and security of home.
  Aide & companion service
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 Transportation
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 Dementia Capable Trained Staff
 All employees screened & bonded
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Patricia D. Slayton, RN, MSN
5350 Beckley Rd, Suite D
Side door of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust
• Dressing / Showers / Hygiene
• Assistance with mobility issues and transfers
• Respite/end of life doula services
• Transportation to appointments,
events, shopping
• Light housekeeping • Meal planning and
• Laundry
• Companionship • Med reminders • Med set up and
management by
licensed nurse
• Handyman services
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