What Does a Day in the Life of a Caregiver Really Look Like?

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Although every caregiver has a different daily experience, there are some situations that are similar from one caregiving experience to another. How you deal with those situations is what matters.

Caregiver Ashland OH - What Does a Day in the Life of a Caregiver Really Look Like?

Caregiver Ashland OH – What Does a Day in the Life of a Caregiver Really Look Like?

Wrestling with Equipment

Depending on your elderly family member’s health issues, there may be some equipment that you need to wrangle for her. This can range from devices that are moderately cumbersome, like a walker, to equipment that gets more complicated, like a wheelchair. Regardless, it’s still your responsibility as your elderly family member’s caregiver to help her manage all of those bits and pieces.

Managing Appointments

It’s also highly likely that your elderly family member has a variety of appointments with different doctors and entities that you help her to manage. Keeping that schedule straight can be daunting, as can driving to all of those different locations. Days when you feel like you need to be in two places at once could be the perfect days to bring in home care providers to help with transportation.

Dealing with Red Tape

Red tape comes in all sorts of formats for caregivers. You might find yourself doing battle with insurance companies, pharmacies, and any number of other providers of services. You’re also managing bills and all sorts of other situations, both for you and for your elderly family member. It’s a lot for one person to manage. If you can reach out to other family members for help, that can be way more helpful than you realize.

Putting out Fires

You might find that you spend an awful lot of time as a caregiver simply attacking problem as they crop up. That’s often referred to as putting out fires and it can be both exhausting and distracting from what you really need and want to do. If you can get ahead of some of the other situations that bog you down, you’ll gradually find yourself putting out fewer fires.

Spending Quality Time with Your Senior

Ideally, you’re also going to be able to spend some quality time with your elderly family member. That might mean enjoying meals together, taking a walk, or just enjoying a movie together in some down time. Take advantage of all of the quality time that you can with your senior.

Even if your day doesn’t look exactly like this one, it probably shares some similarities. You get bonus points for days in which you work in some time for yourself so that you can keep going with everything else that you need to do.

If you are considering  Caregiver Services in Ashland OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.