Family members, elderly alert system can help primary caregivers
January 14, 2011
When a senior needs more help during old age, the responsibilities usually fall on the shoulders of one family member. This person becomes the primary caregiver and should make every effort to reach out to the rest of the family for support, according to CaregiverStress.com.
To lessen the burden of caregiving, it may be best to try and divide the duties between siblings and other loved ones who may be able to help. If one is an only child, it can be beneficial to get in touch with extended family members.
Those who find themselves in need of a supplement for caregiving may also want to consider installing an elderly alert system in a senior's residence. These medical alert systems can enable users to send medical alerts to family members if they require assistance.
The news source suggests that one adult could be responsible for monitoring an older person's health and helping with doctor appointments while another could balance checkbooks and keep track of finances.
If one sibling lives across the country, he or she could visit once or twice a year so that the other caregivers can take a break for a week or two.