A wise man will hear and increase in learning. And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel... Proverbs 1:5 NAS
Thoughts for Today
While caregiving situations differ, studies indicate that adult children, relatives and spouses who take on the responsibility of family caregiver usually find themselves unprepared. Most people lack the information, skills and confidence they need to effectively and efficiently provide care.
Community organizations and government agencies provide various kinds of assistance from supplying information all the way to in-home care. You'll quickly find that most people are ready and eager to help you. To locate organizations in your area, visit ElderCare.gov or talk to a local senior services agency.
As a caregiver, you will benefit greatly from learning about what is available and then applying for appropriate kinds of help. Your parents' team of healthcare professionals can also be a tremendous source of assistance—especially in helping you understand what is "normal" and giving you an idea of what to anticipate as time goes on. Keep a running list of questions and take the list with you to medical appointments.
Remember ... don't be embarrassed or feel guilty about asking for help and advice. God's Word says a wise man will listen and learn.
Lord, sometimes I get in an "I can do it myself" mode, but your Word says that a wise man will seek counsel. Help me to seek counsel in the right places and to listen to good advice. In Jesus' name ...
These thoughts were drawn from…
Caregiving: Caring for Aging Parents by Charles Puchta. The purpose of this group curriculum is to provide hope and direction to those concerned about the health and well-being of aging parents or an ill spouse or relative. It addresses predominate issues most families face. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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