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A Family Caregiver’s Guide: Finding the Perfect Support Community

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There are so many options when it comes to finding the kind of help you might need for your loved one. Step number one is remembering that you, as a caregiver, aren’t alone in your journey. Step number two is realizing that relying on others only makes you stronger as a caregiver. Step number three? Deciding the kind of help you need and where to find it. This article should guide you on your journey towards finding that support.

Temporary Support

If you have a friend or loved one who has just had a procedure of some kind, then you may simply need temporary support. There are many different forms of temporary support, from postpartum care, to companion care, after surgery care, and after hospital care. Many people believe that once their loved one is home recovering that caregiving is solely on the shoulders of friends and family. This is simply not true! Temporary support in the home can help you as a family caregiver maintain normalcy and allow you to have the time you need to make adjustments to your schedule. Having temporary support also helps you monitor your loved one’s condition and keep a close eye on any concerns during recovery.

In-Home Care Services

If the kind of care you need is on a more regular basis, then you may consider different types of in-home care services. This can be as simple as transportation services, that help your loved one get to their appointments and engagements, or as in-depth as 24-hour care. There are many different levels of in-home care services that are helpful:

  • Transportation CareWhere your loved one has a dependable ride to their appointments and engagements
  • Companion Care Where a trusted caregiver simply spends a few hours of time on a set schedule with your loved one. This is a regularly scheduled care routine.
  • Respite Care Where a trusted, professional caregiver provides relief for a few hours to the main caregiver. Respite care doesn’t have to be on a specific or set schedule, instead these caregivers come whenever you need to be away and also need your loved one to be monitored.
  • Personal CareSteady support to help your loved one with their daily needs. If you have to be at work, and your loved one simply needs assistance with their morning routine, a personal caregiver can help.
  • Chronic Conditions Care Where you receive help that is specific to your loved one’s specific condition, on a regular basis and schedule.
  • 24-Hour CareWhere you have rotating caregivers that are on constant watch with you and help you consistently. This is particularly helpful if you need to get a good night’s rest, and your loved one has care needs during that time.

Other Services

There is help available to you, even if you aren’t looking for an additional caregiver. Organizations exist to help with food, deliveries, home and yard care, and more. The best place to look for these kinds of resources is a trustworthy care organization just like Homewatch CareGivers of Lower Bucks County. If you aren’t sure where to start, contact us, we can help you create a plan that works for your family, your budget, and your needs. Caregiving isn’t a journey you have to travel alone; as a matter of fact, sometimes it is best done with others. Make sure that the time you spend with your loved one is quality time, and leave the rest to a trusted partner in caregiving.

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