Family Caregiver. Taking On Taking Care Of Family.

Family Caregiver. Taking On Taking Care Of Family.
How to become a family caregiver. Learn common sense tips and advice on coping with new and difficult responsibilities of taking care of an aging loved one.


What is “The Family Caregiver” ?

  • Family caregivers provides legal, health, financial or social assistance in meeting the needs of a relative.
  • Anticipates being the main person who will provide assistance and support when a family member – old or young – loses his or her independence.
  • Helps another person by caring for or assisting their relative or friend.
  • Provides care to someone with special needs who will never be fully independent.

Self-Care for the Family Caregiver.

  • Family caregivers can be subject to depression and should prepare for a rollercoaster of emotions, including anger, sadness, resentment and guilt.
  • To make caregiving go more smoothly create a care-giving strategy.
  • Being flexible and open will help you overcome setbacks.
  • Try to stay positive.
  • Fear and doubt undermine being an effective caregiver.
  • Levy urges you to take care of yourself before you take care of others.
  • Family caregivers can suffer loss of income, and can miss potential job promotions, salary increases, and more.
  • Alleviate as much pressure as you can by accepting help, maintaining balance, keeping your personal identity separate from your role as a caregiver and attending a support group for family caregivers.
  • Try to find outlets for relieving your stress, including taking breaks, doing artwork, meditating or exercising.

Making a Plan with Purpose and Documentation.

Ask yourself the following questions.

  • What is your strategy for long-term care?
  • Does this relative’s health and family situation suggest he or she will need more care in the future?
  • How and where would your family member prefer to receive care?
  • Can other relatives or a social network assist in providing care?
  • Does your community offer helpful services and programs?

Is Mom or Dad Ready for Help?

Levy cites early warning signs that indicate when someone who is aging needs assistance, including:

  • Forgetting names, details and directions.
  • Difficulty with finding the right words.
  • Fuzzy thinking or blurred speech.
  • Trouble walking or managing stairs.
  • Noticeable differences in appearance, such as weight loss or gain, changes in skin tone, neglecting personal hygiene, or the like.
  • Complaints of fatigue, illness or chronic pain.
  • Sudden changes in mental status, for example, lack of interest in normal activities, mood swings, depression or not wanting to socialize.
  • Difficulty with routine tasks, like paying bills or preparing meals.

7 Tips For Family Caregivers.

  1. You should never delay getting care. 
  2.  Insist on a written “discharge plan of care.”
  3. Most people prefer to receive care at home. Consult before you make the decision. 
  4. Think carefully before uprooting older relatives and bringing them to live closer to you. Consider the loss of love and support from their community.
  5. Before you hire paid help, thoroughly research…
    • Hiring
    • Financial requirements
    • Medical training
    • Job responsibilities
    • Personality types
    • Insurance coverage
    • etc.   
  6. Write a family caregiver plan and distribute it to family and healthcare providers involved.
  7. Start planning immediately. 






  • The Family Caregiver’s Manual.  A Practical Planning Guide to Managing the Care of Your Loved One.  David Levy.  Central Recovery Press , 2016.  Pages: 240
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