Are you thinking of becoming a caregiver of your parents? If yes, you are going to make the right move. Caregiving can be rewarding but can be challenging. It demands tremendous patience, hard work, and compassion. Once, you become a caregiver, things will likely become tough for you. Your own social life may go haywire, and you may soon find yourself in need of help! So, before you become a caregiver, consider the following ones.
The stress of caregiving
Ask yourself whether you can endure the emotional and physical stress as a caregiver? Although this may not seem important, you need to consider the same. Most of the caregivers feel lonely, unwanted and depressed due to the pile of caregiving tasks. You could be at serious risk of becoming stressed out. Remember, caregiver burnout is a real thing!
The time needed daily for caregiving
Caregiving demands a considerable time. So, you have to think about whether you can give the required amount of time as a caregiver or not. Many caregivers quit their full-time job to carry out their caregiving duties without feeling guilty.
Problems encountered by your parents
You must have adequate and accurate knowledge of the problems encountered by your parents to become their caregiver. Remember, problems can be due to physical pain, discomfort, difficulty in mobility or due to deteriorating health conditions or dependency on others. Try to gather as much information about their medical condition as much as you can to understand the top duties as a caregiver to your parents.
Accessing the financial needs
Since, caregiving may demand an increase in expenses on doctor appointments, medicines, assistive devices, respite care service, and so on; your funds can soon dry up. Accessing the financial needs in advance will help you to know whether you are fully equipped for meeting the expenses or not.
Finding a caregiver support group (online or within your city)
As told, caregiving can prove extremely taxing on your mind and body. After a few months or years, you will find yourself in a position where it would become impossible to take care of your own emotional and physical wellbeing. You will realize that you have no time to indulge in self-care or in your hobbies like practicing yoga, gardening, travelling, and so on. So, try to find a caregiver support group. A caregiver support group is an ideal place to vent your own frustrations, share your caregiving challenges or to get valuable advice from other caregivers.
Before you embark on the journey of becoming a caregiver to your parents, consider all the above factors. Moreover, if you are unable to find a caregiver support group in your locality, you can always join the membership of a large online community of caregivers.