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Caregivers continue to visit and provide secondary care to their loved ones in assisted living

Secondary Caregiving: Providing Care to a Loved One in Assisted Living

When we transition a loved one to an assisted living facility, it may feel as if our role as a caregiver has ended. However, most caregivers who move a loved one into assisted living instead experience a change in their caregiving role rather than an end to this role entirely. With this change can come new responsibilities and sources of stress.

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By Julie Hayes | 02/15/2022

A caregiver helping his older loved one

Taking on Caregiving Responsibilities: Balancing Expectations vs Reality

As your loved one ages, you may find that the demands of caregiving are growing, and it can be too much to handle. Whether you’re helping with small tasks or assisting a loved one with bathing, no caregiving task truly feels all that small, but others can certainly feel too overwhelming. Your expectations may be that you can do it all – caregiving on top of managing your own household, job and other responsibilities. Or, it could be that others’ expectations for care are growing and you feel pressured to live up to it. Whichever the case may be, accepting the situation and learning to work with it may be the first step to making life easier down the road.

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By Branka Primetica | 02/15/2022

Cordell, A. (2022, March 14). Mealtime Changes That Can Benefit a Loved One with Dementia. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/aging-parents/mealtime-changes-that-can-benefit-a-loved-one-with-dementia

Hayes, J. (2022, March 1). Helping an Older Loved One with Spring Cleaning [Blog]. Active Daily Living. https://www.activedailyliving.com/Caregiver/Article/2366

Hayes, J. (2022, March 14). What to Know as a Family Caregiver to an Older Male. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/what-to-know-as-a-family-caregiver-to-an-older-male