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10 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Caregiver

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If you’re thinking about becoming a caregiver for a loved one, like a parent or grandparent, consider these 10 key issues and scenarios you may encounter.

  1. Make sure you’re up to the physical and emotional challenges of caregiving.
  2. Assess the amount of time caregiving duties will take.
  3. Join a caregiving support group.
  4. Think about how you’ll balance work and caregiving duties.
  5. Look for behavioral and personality changes in your loved one.
  6. Learn more about caregiving and consult resources if needed.
  7. Consider a person’s current health – and ongoing medical needs.
  8. Assess their cognitive abilities, like remembering things and making decisions.
  9. Take a good look at their living situation and conditions.
  10. Review the financial needs – for them and you.

By considering your loved one’s circumstances, needs and concerns now, you’ll be better prepared to help them as a caregiver in the future.

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