Whether your loved one is recently diagnosed, or you are a few years into your dementia care journey, having a caregiver plan is important to your overall health and wellness.
So what is a Caregiver Success Plan?
The Caregiver Success Plan is specifically for the Caregiver and should identify their needs and outline resources available. While this is different from a Care Plan that your loved one’s physician or a social worker may develop specifically for the person with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia.
The caregiver success plan is for the caregiver and can identify the needs of the caregiver as well as outlining resources available. While every day is different, knowing what to expect is important.
Support is a key factor in the Caregiver Success Plan. Having access to a consistent support system will help the overall plan for the Caregiver, loved one and family.
Things to consider before making your Caregiver Success Plan:
What is expected of me?
Who can I call to talk about my emotions and feelings?
Who will cover me when I have an appointment or need to the leave the house?
How will my current routine change?
What kind of resources are available to caregivers?
What can I do to avoid Caregiver Burnout?
Once you have identified the above you can then develop a Caregiver Success Plan. Be sure to refer to the overall care plan of your loved one. It's important to create a routine, not just for you, but for your loved one too. Carve out time for education on the disease. Identify your needs and include self-care.
Your journey as a caregiver doesn't have to be a stressful one. Considering your needs as well as the needs of your loved one is important.