When the call comes to provide support to a loved one where do you begin?
Reaching out to local experts in your community is a good place to start. Many communities like McGregor, offer a campus of continuing care throughout all the seaons of your life. Not only will you receive direction, but you will also receive the much needed support throughout your journey. There are some other ways to gain insight while caregiving through literature and very good opportunities for summer reading- not just informational but also to add some levity to a stressful situation. Remember, you have to put your oxygen mask on first- and breathe!
Caregiving for a parent, spouse or relative is not easy at any age and it is one of the selfless acts one can demonstrate. It’s often is a time of challenges that can be both frustrating and deeply rewarding. When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative, by Aaron Blight
The Sudden Caregiver: A Roadmap for Resilient Caregiving, by Karen Warner Schueler is a helpful guide for those put in the position of caregiver, but also shares a touching real-life story.
Another book provides a wealth of resources that caregivers can adopt for minorities and immigrant families including some programs and ways to qualify for that support. Multicultural Guide to Caregiving: Essential resources to help you balance traditions without losing your mind or money, by Angelica Herrera Venson
Some books offer a variety of stress reduction strategies that help busy caregivers relax and better manage stress and well-being. Not to be overlooked, the stress of it all, and ways to help busy caregivers relax and manage stress and well-being. It’s still important to make time for yourself and not get lost in the caregiving, but also make time to build relationships with those you are so close to.The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, and Matthew McKay
Maximizing your time together, while surviving the emotional ups and downs will be important to both of you. Toolkit for Caregivers: Tips, Skills, and Wisdom to Maximize Your Time Together, by Deidre Edwards, RN
Caregiving for an older adult has plenty of challenges. Discover ways to blend emotional and spirtiual motiviation to minimize the strain. AARP Meditations for Caregivers: Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family, by Barry J. Jacobs and Julia L. Mayer
Helping a senior loved one make a decision to move into a care facility can be overwhelming and stressful.
When it no longer makes sense to manage most of the caregiving role yourself, or maybe remaining in a home that has a less that desireable floor plan due to steps, stairs or all the bedrooms on a second floor, let the experts at McGregor help you navigate through the resources and create an optimum experience. While looking for Assisted Living, Rehabilitative Services or Long Term Care is often a daunting task, we are here to help…with information, valuable resources and tools to give comfort and satisfaction along the way so that you can make informed decisions. We have some useful checklists and documents to help you determine the best living option for you and your loved one.
With a legacy of being one of the most respected Senior Living organizations and our reputation of being steadfast in our commitment to caring for those in the community with so many levels of care services -not to mention the only PACE program in Ohio that supports a back up plan of “personal attention”, there is no need to look beyond our 45-acre campus! Come and see us and schedule a visit!