When you’re a caregiver, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel as if you’re the only one who can do the caregiving work. You may also feel that a doctor is the only one to whom you can direct your questions, but you find yourself having more questions than the doctor has time to answer, or more problems for which he/she has a solution.
Consider these helpful professionals — outside of a doctor’s office — when you need assistance, expertise or guidance along your caregiving way:
Occupational therapists: Occupational therapists are all about routines. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), OTs “help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).” When it comes to older adults, OTs can focus on providing supports for [those] experiencing physical and cognitive changes.” Learn more about these professionals and how to find one in your area at the AOTA website.
Pharmacists: These trained professionals are right under our noses. (We all fill prescriptions, whether we’re caregivers or not!) If the person you’re caring for has been experiencing side effects with a new medication, or if you’d like advice on what medications could be helpful for some of the health challenges he or she is facing, ask for their recommendations. In this article, learn more about how a pharmacist can help you.