Home Age & Care Caregivers – Tips

Caregivers – Tips

by Josephine Andrews
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A need for care can occur suddenly and unexpectedly or slowly and gradually. In both cases, relatives and those affected have to adapt to a changed situation. Taking care of the parents at home not only means a lot of organization, but also the question of how to deal with each other properly.

Searching for help

People can suddenly and unexpectedly or slowly and insidiously become in need of care . In both cases, relatives and those affected have to adapt to a changed situation. Caring for the parents at home not only means a lot of organization, but also the question of how to deal with each other properly.

Caring for a loved one in your own family is hard work. Many people quickly reach their physical and mental limits. In many cases, burnout can be avoided if family members seek help in good time and follow a few rules.

Nursing leave for employees

Employers with more than 15 employees are entitled to caregiving leave of up to six months during which they receive no salary but remain covered by social insurance. The return of the caring relatives to their employer remains guaranteed. During this time, you will generally remain covered by pension insurance through the long-term care insurance fund. The entitlement to unemployment insurance remains intact. If necessary, the contributions to health and long-term care insurance will be covered by the long-term care insurance fund up to the amount of the minimum contribution.

In addition to this pure caregiving time, there is also family caregiving time . In contrast to caregiver leave, employees can only be partially released to care for close relatives. The entitlement to family care leave is up to 24 months if you continue to work an average of 15 hours a week and only applies to employers with more than 25 employees.

Caregiver leave and family caregiver leave can also be combined with a maximum total duration of 24 months.

In cases that arise suddenly, relatives have the right to be released from work for up to 10 working days. During this time, all insurances remain in place and there is even the possibility of claiming care support allowance .

You can find out more about this topic on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health .

clarify possibilities

Give your family time to think about how you imagine the coming phase of your life to be. Pay close attention to whether and to what extent wishes can be fulfilled. Clarify early on whether the family relationship is so stable and resilient that care at home is possible. Do not act only out of moral pressure and a sense of duty, otherwise you will soon be overwhelmed.

to gather information

If the need for care has arisen, find out as much information as possible about the condition of the person in need of care, but also about the prognosis. Knowing what’s coming up can help you organize things ahead of time. Don’t let doctors and therapists calm you down with sentences like “It’ll be fine again”, but keep asking until you’ve understood everything. Don’t ask once, but periodically. Also ask about aids that can make care easier for you.

distribute work

As a family caregiver, you are often under pressure to perform. The community expects you to become a “co-therapist” and holds you accountable for the development of the patient’s condition. In this situation, you can hardly manage to deliver a good result.

Therefore, spread the care over many shoulders in good time. This can not only be other family members, but also professional care services from outside. There are also many voluntary helpers such as church visiting services.

take a nursing course

Take a nursing class. Here you will acquire the necessary knowledge and learn the right moves. This gives you security when dealing with the person in need of care. The long-term care insurance, welfare organizations or medical services of the health insurance funds (Medicproof or MDK ) offer nursing courses for relatives. These courses also allow for an exchange of experiences between caregivers. Here you can get help from professionals and those affected and learn how they deal with the stress.

clarify expectations

Clarify with the person in need of care what else he can and would like to do and where help is needed. On the one hand, you have to bear responsibility and make decisions, on the other hand, the person in need of care should retain their autonomy and dignity. This area of ​​tension offers the best breeding ground for relationship struggles as well as unspoken expectations and wishes.

create free space

All care also affects the caregiver’s relationships with other people, especially with their own family. Sometimes the whole family life has to be adapted to the needs of the caregiver. This can lead to frustration for everyone involved. Try to find a balance between your own needs and those of the patient. Here the family can help you.

Take it seriously when outsiders tell you that you’re becoming irritable. This is a sign of overload. Try to create space for yourself and your family. The long-term care insurance funds cover the costs for a replacement worker (respite care) for a maximum of four weeks per year . The prerequisite is that you have cared for the patient for six months (previously twelve months). During this time you are also covered by pension insurance.

Take advantage of this offer. Even if the person in need of care is reluctant to be cared for by a stranger, you also need rest. Frustrated and exhausted children are of no use to their parents.

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