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Caregiver Resources | March 31, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

Two Types of Family Caregivers

carer-with-senior-manEven though they might appear similar to the outside world, no caregiving situation is the same. Each of them are a little different. Even though the exact circumstances surrounding a caregiving situation are unique to each party, the responsibilities tend to fall into familiar categories that are relatively easy to categorize. These include the “gradual” mode and the “crisis” mode.

Type #1 – The Gradual Mode Of Caregiving

During the gradual process, a senior transitioning into assisted living is just that – a gradual process. In many cases, family members find it difficult to determine that their loved ones rely on them more and more. Most loved ones do not realize that they are slowly transitioning into a full-time caregiving position as it is happening

There are slow changes, gradual changes that creep up on us. While they might have checked in with their loved ones once a week before, they now call two, three times a week. While a visit previously just included having coffee or tea, now it means doing the dishes and vacuuming the apartment. This is the gradual process where eventually family members take on more responsibility.

Type #2 – The Crisis Mode Of Caregiving

In the event of a crisis mode, there is a medical emergency or other traumatic experience that makes it so that the person can no longer live independently. This means that most caregivers are dumped into the deep end before they ever get a chance to learn how to swim.

Oftentimes this means that there is a great deal of stress heaped onto the caregivers. The feeling of having this much pressure heaped onto them can lead to a great deal of stress. While the crisis mode cannot be prevented, the right preparation helps a great deal.

Offering The Right Levels Of Care

Even though it is important to take your duty as caregivers seriously, it is even more important that you be able to deal with your own emotional and physical wellbeing. It is important to outline your own needs and not forsake them entirely for the needs of our loved one.

It is important to know that there are alternative living options available for those caregivers who cannot do everything themselves. An assisted living facility such as the ones found at www.carltonseniorliving.com is able to provide the right combination between independence, comfort, safety, and immediate access to healthcare professionals.