As a caregiver, you play an essential role in supporting your loved one. You are assisting someone in need, whether near or far. You may have found yourself in this position without notice and become keenly aware of how planning can make a substantial difference. But planning for yourself and your loved ones is more than just a way to make life easier in the moment. It’s a vital part of caring for yourself, mentally, physically, and emotionally both now and in the future.
Cultivating wellness, like tending to the soil in a garden, takes intuition and attention. It needs to be done regularly for success and is a different way of thinking than merely practicing self-care. It’s genuinely going within to seek out what you need, what makes your heart smile. Think about it. Practice it.
Then it happens; your loved one is admitted to the hospital and decisions need to be made about whether to go on to a care home or perhaps hire in-home care.
Are you ready? Have you explored options? Do you know the difference between in-home care vs a care facility? Is there an advanced directive in place? POLST if necessary? Do you understand Palliative Care? Hospice?
I think you get where I’m going here… prior proper planning. Family caregiving can be stressful and not being prepared, finding yourself in the throws of a major health shift can blindside you.
When we continue amid crisis without looking back, at some point, we’ll slow down or become ill and realize things that we didn’t do for ourselves.
Some days go by without question of what comes next. Others seem to stumble with a mixed bag of emotions that seem to appear from nowhere.