Often, the family caregiver is initially aware of the basics, but often not the full extent of support required. The basics often include helping adhere to a medication schedule, following through with healthcare appointments, assistance with meals and hygiene, providing companionship, and keeping an eye on home safety. Once caregivers become more intimately involved with their loved one, they obtain a far greater appreciation for the level of support required, oftentimes at a significantly higher level than they previously realized. Even seasoned caregivers who have been in the “caregiver trenches” for years have discovered a greater appreciation of the needs and requirements for quality care and support.
The COVID-19 lockdown has forced many caregivers to “stay at home.” As a result, more time equates with more knowledge of needs. But as stay at home restrictions begin to ease, many previously homebound caregivers are slowly reducing their direct support while struggling to maintain quality of care for a loved one.