Caring for the Caregiver

As a caregiver, it is important that you take the time and make the effort to care for your self.

It is important that you maintain daily habits that will help your body and spirits to be in good condition!

Do not hesitate to ask for help. Your friends or members of your faith community may want to help you with your caregiving duties, but they may not know how to approach you with their offer to help. Prepare a list of tasks that need to be done, and don’t be afraid to ask others to help you with your list!

Seek out a companion or respite service for your loved one. Free and fee programs exist in the community. You may consider sending your loved one to an adult day care center while you take the time to care for your own needs.

Learn as much as you can about how to care for your loved one. Find out about his/her condition and how to manage it. Know what to expect and how your loved one’s condition may change so that you are prepared for the future.

Check out local support organizations. See what they offer and what would make your life easier. Support organizations have many tips to make everything from giving a bath to feeding easier and safer. Learn proper lifting methods to prevent injury to your back.

Check out support groups either locally or on the web. Sharing stories and information with caregivers in your similar situation can help to relieve your stress! You may even enjoy a few moments of humor!

Give yourself credit for all that you do. Do not feel guilty that you cannot do more.

Give Yourself a Break!

Several organizations provide respite care, which is a break for caregivers while someone else cares for your loved one. Some organizations offer adult day services so that persons being cared for arrive in the morning, socialize, take part in activities, and receive lunch. This gives their caregivers a break and helps keep the person who needs care active and engaged.

To inquire about these programs in your area, click on the link below:
Caregiving Resources