Caregiver Tips

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10 Great Tips for Family Caregivers.

 

  1. Caregiving is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with respite breaks often.
  2. Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it.
  3. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do. Be flexible; they may not do it just as you do. Does it really matter?
  4. Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  5. There is no difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence. There are lots of new technologies to help you now!
  6. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!   Most of the time they will lead you in the right direction.
  7. Caregivers often do a lot of lifting, pushing and pulling.  Be good to your back! Talk to a physcial therapist to learn the proper ways to transfer, lift and move your loved one!
  8. Grieve for your losses and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.You will have new adventures again!
  9. Seek support from other caregivers.  There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
  10. Stand up for your rights as a caregiver! DId you know there is a caregiver bill of rights? Click here to view them: http://www.caregiver.com/articles/caregiver/caregiver_bill_of_rights.htm
  11. Whatever you do, PLEASE make sure to make time for yourself, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day to do something you enjoy. Don’t “lose yourself” while caring for your loved one.
  12. Take care of your own health. Keep up our own doctor’s appointments. Let your physican know you are a caregiver!

(Source-National Family Caregiver’s Association)

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2 thoughts on “Caregiver Tips

  1. susan
    May 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Is there medicsre assistance for csring for elderly mother with dementia?

    1. admin
      June 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      There is some assistance provided by Medicare home health agencies. Most now have a behavioral health nurse who can come in to teach meds, and provide other support. Apex home healthcare has been very helpful to many caregivers caring for a loved one with dementia.

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