Caregiving Tips 101


Care giving comes in many forms. It can range from simple activities like picking up groceries, taking a loved one to various events; to providing in-home care. However, many caregivers don't know where to begin.

When Carol Wilson and her husband Ron became caregivers more than two years ago, they set out to educate themselves on their new role.

"I approached it as an academic. I said I need information, I need information desperately," Carol said.

Becoming caregivers came quickly for the Wilson's. They both retired from their careers and with-in three months they were looking after Ron's mother, who has dementia.

"We are responsible for giving my mother her medication, making sure she has her meals as she should have and making sure she has the care that she needs," Ron said.

"It's very much like being a parent. You have the same responsibilities, being responsible for another person twenty-four seven," Carol said.

Through their research, the Wilson's discovered the Barren River Area Agency on Aging through BRADD.

The division provides them with different resources for any of their needs.

"There's a wide spectrum those that start off maybe providing a meal for a client, to taking them to the doctor, to picking up medications for them to someone who's really in the trenches of care giving and doing all of their activities of daily living," said Kim Halter, the Family Care giving coordinator.

One of the resources they've discovered is a family support group.

"Within the last year we've done things like CPR and first aid, stress management, caring for a person with Alzheimer’s," Carol said.

The couple has also learned the importance of taking time for themselves.

"If they don't do a good job of taking care of themselves then they really can't take care of the people that they want to," Ron said.

For more information on the resources available to caregivers you can log onto http://www.bradd.org/aging.asp or http://www.familycaregiving101.org/.


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