Ten Tips For Caregivers

Caregivers are Growing in Number

Did you know that 41.8 million American adults are caregivers? If that number doesn’t strike a chord with you How about this one. 24% of those caregivers are caring for two or more loved ones at the same time. Now I know that I’m preaching to the choir here, but this is a big deal. Being a caregiver is really hard work and family caregivers, in my book, they’re superheroes. Imagine being hired for a job, being given no training, and told to just do the best you can and we’ll see what happens. Well, that’s precisely the situation so many people find themselves in. The majority of older adults say that they want to age in place and stay in their current home as long as possible, but most families are ill-prepared to take on this monumental task. Some family caregivers enlist the help of paid caregivers to lighten the load, while others choose to share the task with other family members or take it on solo. In this episode,  my guest gives you ten helpful tips for all types of caregivers.

Kari’s Ten Tips

  1. Take care of yourself
  2. Don’t feel guilty
  3. Ask for help
  4. Utilize support groups
  5. Have a Plan B
  6. Don’t think you need 24/7 help to make a difference
  7. Understand that not everyone is a caregiver (each family member has a role to play)
  8. Have the right equipment
  9. Communicate
  10. Remember the good days
  11. Bonus tip! What to look for in a home care agency

Show Notes

According to a recent AARP report, close to 17% of American adults are caring for at least one family member. Being a family caregiver is an overwhelming undertaking that many feel unprepared for. Have you ever felt that way? Well, you’re in luck because today’s guest will be giving you her top 10 tips for successful caregiving. If you’re caring for an aging loved one and want the inside scoop on caregiving from an industry pro, then this is the podcast episode for you.


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Liz Craven
Author: Liz Craven

Liz Craven, co-publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide with her husband Wes, combines personal experience and heartfelt dedication in her work. Their journey in eldercare began with a personal story—caring for Wes' grandmother, Mabel, who lived with Alzheimer's. This chapter in their lives not only highlighted the complexities of eldercare but also kindled a deep-seated passion to support others facing similar challenges. Since then, Liz and Wes have navigated caregiving three more times. These experiences have added layers of depth to their insights, allowing them to offer a blend of empathetic understanding and practical advice through the Sage Aging ElderCare Guide. Liz’s commitment to making eldercare more approachable and less daunting shines through in every piece of advice she offers, aiming to ease the caregiving journey for others.