It’s not always easy, but try and work hard to avoid family fights and resentments. Don’t let old hurts or issues pull you apart. This is a time to stick together and make compromises.
If you are a family member or close friend, consider offering your services if you have a particular skill that might be helpful. Perhaps you are familiar with submitting insurance claims or the complexities of Medicare or Medicaid? If you are a caregiver, allow your neighbor to shop or run errands when they offer. Take advantage of the extra time and do something special for yourself.
Encourage the caregiver to find some type of professional support. If he or she is not comfortable with in-person support groups, suggest online support. There are a wide variety of resources available in most communities. Do the research for them and then pass it along. If you are a caregiver, consider for a moment that although your experience is unique, others have traveled a similar path and might offer inspiration and strength.
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Elayne Forgie has been a professional geriatric care manager for over 20 years and was a founding Board Member of the Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association. She is the President/CEO of ElderCare at Home, Inc. and The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center. Information on this website or contained in this article is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider