Caregiver Strategies expert advice on caregiving

  • Caregiving is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself often with respite breaks.
  • Protect your health. Taking care of yourself is not a luxury; it is a necessity. If your health is compromised, it is hard for you to be an effective caregiver. Your life is hard enough. For your own sake, and your loved ones, take good care of yourself.
  • Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it
  • Reach out for help. Family caregiving is not a one-person job. Asking for help is a sign of strength. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
  • Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors
  • There’s a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence.
  • Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction. You need to believe in yourself and let your inner voice guide your decision making for your loved one.
  • Caregivers often do a lot of lifting, pushing, and pulling. Be good to your back and the rest of your body.
  • Grieve for your losses and then allow yourself to dream new dreams
  • Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing that you are not alone.
  • Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen. In your daily life speak up for respect and more support for yourself and your loved one. Speak up for the rights of all family caregivers by talking about the need for education, financial support and better care for chronic illnesses.

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