How to Be Supportive for a Family Caregiver

July 29, 2016

Caregiver in Chappaqua NY

If you’re a friend or family member of a family caregiver, you probably want to be more supportive for her. It can be difficult to know what to do, though, especially if you’ve never been in a similar situation yourself.

Just Listen

Sometimes a family caregiver simply needs their friends or family members to listen to them for a little while. You don’t have to worry about providing solutions to problems, but actively listening and showing that you care about the person and the situation can go a long way toward helping your friend feel more understood.

Ask How You Can Help Most

When you offer to help, try to make it a more specific offer of help. Quite often family caregivers are so overwhelmed that they really don’t even know how to ask you to help them. Your friend might need someone to run some errands or help with meal preparation. After listening to your friend, you might have a better idea what could help her most as a family caregiver. Be as specific as possible, such as offering to bring over a casserole or doing grocery shopping for her and her loved one.

Offer Your Time

One of the biggest ways that you can support your friend who is a family caregiver is to offer your time. You might have skills with researching that can help your friend out or you might be able to spend time with her loved one while she goes to an appointment of her own. However you can give a family caregiver the gift of your time is wonderful.

Keep Your Friend or Family Member in the Loop

Family caregivers can tend to become isolated, but not necessarily because they don’t want to be around other people. Often it’s because they’re too busy or their elderly loved one has health issues that keep her from being able to be out and about as much as she’d like. One way you can help your friend with this problem is to reach out to her and to keep her in the loop of what’s going on.

As you learn more about what your friend or family member needs from you, it’ll be easier to be supportive.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Chappaqua, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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