Ways to Support a Family Caregiver

Family caregivers fill an important, time-consuming role. This can limit opportunities for social interactions with the caregiver. However, there are other ways to support a family caregiver besides social activity.

• Listen to them: Let them know that you are there if they need someone to talk to. At times, caregivers may need someone they can go to, so they can vent their frustrations or talk about their concerns. Listen attentively and let them know they are being heard. You don’t necessarily have to help them problem solve, but you do need to validate their feelings and support them.

• Observe: Keep track of the caregiver and see if there are any noticeable signs of neglect or stress. This way, you can know when to ask them if they need help.

• Offer your time: Time can be the best gift a caregiver receives. This can range from watching the person they are caring for so they can catch their breath for a while to helping with errands the caregiver might not be able to get to.

• Ask: If you are unsure what to do for the caregiver, just ask. They will let you know if they need your help in that moment.

Caregiving is a tough job, but it is easier if caregivers have a support system to help them.

    TRACY SACRE, RN       

Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care

Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.

Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.

Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.

If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.