Tips for caregivers who work from home

Bryan Aldrige

February 24, 2012

As a caregiver, you can't forget about your own health!Caregiving is no easy task, and many caregivers have been fortunate in the fact that they can work from home while looking after their elderly loved one. According to the AARP, there are a few important tips that these caregivers need to keep in mind.

The publication reports that caregivers still have to find some time for themselves that takes them away from both their job and their caregiving. Scheduling and keeping organized is also imperative, as the person is able to block out time from work to go bring their loved one to the doctor if needed. Also, do not mix the two – by keeping them both separate, the person is less likely to be overwhelmed.

Even though a caregiver could be taking care of their loved one while working at home, they may still want to invest in a medical alert, as they may not hear if their loved one were to fall and hurt themselves. The alert allows the aging adult to contact emergency services or the caregiver with just a press of a button. This can also be imperative because senior falling occurs much more than many think. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, one third of all seniors over 65 fall each year.