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Caregiving for a family member can be rewarding, but it is not easy. The demands of time, effort and money can result in stress and worry.
Staying organized and informed can help make a caregiver's job easier.
Be sure to:
Learn the best ways to speak with doctors.
Use new technologies like health apps for your mobile phone and web cams that can help you care for your loved one.
Keep health information up to date and easy to find.
Make sure legal records are in order.
Be sure to watch out for signs of depression in yourself. And get help when you need it.
Family caregiving can be a great choice. It can save money and can often put off the need to place someone in costly nursing homes. It may reduce the need to count on programs like Medicaid. But before committing, make sure you think about the demands caregiving will make on you and your family.
Seek help from other caregivers. More than 90 million Americans care for loved ones who have disabilities, disease or health issues that come with old age. You are not alone.
Learn more about the three caregiving stages.