Care for the Caregiver: Regaining Energy, Optimism, and Hope
Written by Joy de Guzman
Family members often step up to take on the responsibility of making sure their aging loved one receives the proper care and support they deserve. But, with this added responsibility comes the need for exhausted family caregivers to learn how to care for themselves a well. Whether it be short-term care after surgery or hospitalization, or long-term Alzheimer's care, the caretaker responsibility often falls on the shoulders of a family member who also has a full-time job or children of their own to care for. The stress can be overwhelming at times, so, here are some ways to care for the caregiver, so you can give your best to caring for your loved one without feeling drained.
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- Eat healthy foods, and set a sleep schedule. Often, when a family member needs care, the caregiver forfeits his or her own needs to care solely for that individual. But, what happens if you get sick?
- Join a support group where you are surrounded by others who are going through similar experiences in caring for those in need. There are many groups set up for specific experiences, including Alzheimer's disease, parkinson's, or other illnesses where the individual may require supportive assistance.
- Forget trying to be Superman or Wonder Woman! Your heart says that you want to be there 100% and do everything you can to help, but the truth is that you can't do it all! Sometimes, it is best to call in the help of friends, family or an in-home senior care professional to take some of the weight off you, so you can focus on other important needs. Focus on the areas of support you are able to provide well, accept that you are doing the best you can, and don't be afraid to bring in reinforcements.
- Accept help from others. This is not a contest to see who stands up the best under pressure. It is okay, and actually a healthy option, to receive help from others. keep in mind though, that many people won't know how to help, so be specific with your requests and delegate. Perhaps, ask one friend or family member if they could pick up groceries or shop for needed items. Ask another if they could come sit with your loved and offer them company for an hour a week while you take a break.
- Be realistic with your goals. Stop taking it all on at once, and start breaking your tasks into smaller step-by-step plans that are measurable and achievable.
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