Learn, Learn, Learn
To ensure your loved one gets the care they need, you’ll need to learn all about their health conditions and treatments. You’ll also need to learn about your insurance benefits, Medicare and Medicaid to learn what services your loved one qualifies for and should be receiving. You may qualify for help getting a power wheelchair or other mobility aids your loved one needs.
Create a Safe Environment
- Clear rugs or cords away from walkways
- Remove furniture to create more space for maneuvering in your home
- Install grab bars or a specialized shower/tub in the bathroom
- Install items to help with stairs, such as a power wheelchair lift, wheelchair ramp or stair lift.
Take Care of Yourself, Too
Caregiving is incredibly hard work. You need to find ways to care for yourself, too. You may look into respite care to give yourself short breaks from caregiving. You should also take part in self-care practices like exercising, eating well, seeing your friends and having hobbies.
Don’t be afraid to delegate caregiving activities to other people. Your health and wellness is important, too, and should be protected.