Caregivers provide support to someone who needs help. It doesn’t matter how many hours per week are spent providing support. Caring for a family member or friend is not something most of us are prepared to do, nor is it easy. Learning about being a caregiver may help you provide the care your friend or loved one needs.
You may be caring for someone who needs assistance with day-to-day activities, but can still make their own decisions about personal matters such as any household issues, financial affairs, and medical care.
Being familiar with and understanding your loved one’s personal values and wishes will be important as you become responsible for making decisions for them. Advance care planning is a process that allows people to make decisions about the care you would want to receive if they happen to become unable to communicate them. Advance directives are tools that enable people to write
down their preferences on a legal form and appoint someone to speak for them if they are no longer able. To help ensure peace of mind for your loved one and for the caregiver, it is a good idea to have healthcare power of attorney, financial power of attorney, a living will, and a plan for funeral arrangements planned out in advance.
* If you fall under three or more of the above signs of caregiver burnout call Lake Superior Hospice to discuss opportunities to utilize volunteer, respite care, and other services. (906) 225-7760