The Challenges of Caregiving and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Jacqueline Carpenter on 18th Apr 2017

If you are considering becoming a caregiver or have recently become a caregiver to a family member or friend, then you might have noticed some of the added challenges brought on by care-giving. Find out what the most common challenges are and how to handle them below.

Balance

Taking on the role of caregiver can be a full-time job depending on the person you are caring for. It may be difficult to find the time to make calls to physician offices, attend and schedule appointments, and check-in on your loved one while working. Talk to your employer about your situation and see if they are willing to accommodate your needs as a caregiver with an adjusted schedule. Use calendars and to-do lists to keep yourself organized. If you can’t do it all, that’s okay. Focus on the items that are the highest priority and designate time for them.

Finances

Caring for someone in your home can be a large added expense, and even more so if you’re a long-distance caregiver. Consider the costs of being a caregiver, both in your home and long-distance. Budget for the added cost of food, co-pays and medications, transportation, and travel. Then decide if it’s something you can handle or come up with a plan to make it work.

Stress

Becoming a caregiver means more responsibility and less time for yourself. It’s easy to find yourself feeling angry, sad, and overwhelmed. Don’t be afraid to seek help from family, friends, or community resources. Share your feelings and remember that it’s okay to take a break.

aarp.org, Accessed 04/16/17