These last few months months since your father’s stroke have proven to be very challenging to the entire family. He’s lost a lot ground and now relies on you for so much. It has been hard to reconcile the situation in your mind, being responsible for the man who once shouldered the responsibility for the entire family. In all honesty the thought of caring for your father through his declining years is a daunting prospect. He has undoubtedly earned your care, it’s just that you aren’t sure you are up to the task.
## I don’t want to screw up or fail him somehow.
Looking after a loved one can be a great deal to process and get used to at first. It is crucial not to let yourself get overwhelmed. The first thing you have to do is identify all the resources available to you both from within your family and from without. Merely because you are taking on the role of primary caregiver does not mean that you are on your own. Enlist the help you’re going to need especially early on when you’re still growing into the role.
## There is just so much to learn and, let’s face it, the stakes are pretty high.
It sounds as if you are likely going to need to enroll in some kind of caregiver training program. Most metropolitan areas have places that provide some kind of elderly caregiver training, perhaps through community centers, maybe through community colleges, possibly through institutions that deal exclusively in the field. If for whatever reason (be it time, money, or accessibility) you cannot participate in any of these programs you can as an alternative participate in online caregiver training.
## I would undoubtedly feel more confident if I felt more prepared.
There is so much to learn if you’ve never had to step into the role of caregiver before but not all of it is complicated. Some of it is simply common sense and some you’d almost certainly figure out on your own through trial and error but when your resources are limited it is always better to approach a challenging situation armed with best practices and the wisdom gained from the trial and errors of others. The more you learn the more confident you’ll feel in the role and the more confident you feel in the role the easier it will be to face the challenges down the road.
## I actually don’t require a whole lot of training at the moment, however that could change with the situation.
Well then probably you should really consider online caregiver training. If you can find a website that you like, you may be able to pick and choose topics and watch caregiver training videos on subject matter that are germane to your current situation and then branch out from there at your own speed or as the situation merits.
Your diligence and dedication can make a huge difference in the life of anybody for whom you are caring. A good caregiver training program is an excellent way to ensure that you are able to foresee and get over any obstacles you may face down the road.