In Caregiver Challenges

These are challenging times in which we are living. We’re so accustomed to controlling situations with a “hands on” approach and now, during this period of social distancing, it has become more difficult to do so.  There is no easy answer, especially when one is caring for an aging loved one. Through innovation eFamilyCare has integrated technology and caregiver support so that with the click of a button to our App you will connect with your personal care adviser available any day or time. eFamilyCare wants to help you feel better, more in control and less overwhelmed. Every situation is unique and our professional care advisers are there to learn about you and your aging loved one, help you to prioritize your concerns and offer guidance, education, ideas and support to you as a family caregiver.  

 

Coping tips from eFamilyCare care advisers

  • Accept that you have only so much control. 
  • Appreciate what you do and that you are providing help.
  • Accept that there are a lot of unknowns.
  • Accept that you can do everything you can to the best of your ability and that still may not prevent you or your loved one from getting ill. 
  • Do not blame yourself or others for this situation. It does no good to spend emotional energy on blame.  
  • Stay informed.
  • Follow safety guidelines.
  • Stay connected with your loved ones and friends via Facetime, Skype and phone.

 

Practical Suggestions: 

Follow the CDC guidelines for safety:

  • Handwashing 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice) with soap and water—frequently
  • Wipe down all surfaces with sanitizing materials such as Clorox, Lysol, etc.  
  • Limit contact.  This is one time when social isolation may be called for.
  • Keep approximately 6 feet between you and another person.

 

What if your loved one must have assistance

  • Consult with the homecare agency about the provisions and protocols in place to assure safety of clients and their staff.
  • Speak directly with your loved one’s home aide to emphasize the importance of following safety protocol.
  • DON’T ASSUME THAT AIDES WILL NOT REPORT TO WORK WHILE HAVING SYMPTOMS.
  • Require that each homecare worker bring a clean change of clothing to wear while on duty.
  • Provide necessary cleansing materials: gloves, wipes, masks, soap, sanitizers. Don’t assume the agency is in a position to provide everything needed. 

 

These are just a few suggestions out of the many directives being provided by local, state and federal governments.  We strongly advise that you check for updates on the CDC and governments’ websites several times per day.

eFamilyCare recognizes that every caregiver has their own set of stressors in their lives, especially at this time where it is only natural to feel “out of control”.  Each has stressors that are personal to them and their families. We are here to support you with not only practical advice but also by being by your side, empowering you with the ability to evaluate your situation, identify what you CAN control as well as to develop the strength and confidence to face your unique challenges each day. All, just a click away to be connected with your care adviser.

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