It is completely understandable for someone with declining health to want to stay in their home as long as possible versus entering a facility, in order for this to happen they will need a caregiver. As stated throughout this site, unpaid caregivers represent 80% of all long term care services. So what are the options for caregivers?
Really there are not too many options however, they must decide if they will take on this responsibility fully on their own, share some of the care with other family members or bring nurses and professional caregivers into help (which this usually isn't an option due to affordability, which is why the percentage of unpaid caregivers is so high).
Many caregivers in the beginning think they can do everything theirselves without any help and be the primary caregiver, however this often isn't the best solutions for all parties involved. Caregivers who reach out and share the caregiving duties are often able to provide support for longer.
There may be some financial relief for some family caregivers, read the article Financial Relief for Family Caregivers: Knowing How to Find it for more information.
Supporting Families Through Life ChangesProviding support to the loved one needing care can be a challenging task, especially if you are the one that is caring for them as you need support as well. There are some suggestions to help.
Classes, Support Groups for caregiversOne of the most common mistakes that new caregivers make is not taking full advantage of the resources that are out there to provide support for them. One of the best ways for a caregiver to maintain their well-being is to connect with others.