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How to build a strong caregiving network

Caring for a loved one can be a difficult and time-consuming process. However, it doesn’t have to be done alone. Building a strong caregiving network helps you navigate the challenges of caregiving by establishing and identifying resources, connections, and support.

Below is a list of 5 steps to take when creating a caregiving network.

1. Identify your loved one’s needs. This step should involve thorough conversations with your loved one to ensure you are meeting their needs.

2. Reach out to family members and friends. Be sure to communicate exactly what you will need from them and some of the tasks they will perform so they will know the approximate time commitment.

3. Join support groups. Whether online or in-person, these groups can connect you with caregivers in similar situations and past caregivers who can share their experiences and provide advice and resources.

4. Seek support from professional caregivers. These may include personal support workers (PSWs) and registered nurses (RNs). PSWs offer care and companionship to seniors while RNs provide healthcare services to patients.

5. Plan for the future. Consider the long-term care plans for your loved one. This can include long-term care insurance, estate planning, and legal guardianship.

The Boom Health app allows users to book registered nurses, personal support workers, and personal care services, schedule transportation, order prepared meals, rent or purchase medical equipment, and get emergency assistance. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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