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Caregiver Tips: Caring For The Caregiver

Aug 31, 2017 by Comfort Keepers Newark, DE

When taking on the commitment of caring for a loved one, it is important to remember to take care of yourself, too. The physical work combined with the emotional aspect of it can quickly become tolling.

And yet, many caregivers put their own needs on the back burner because they’re focusing on providing care to others. Little do they realize that neglecting themselves can possibly lead to them becoming a poor caregiver, amongst other things.

Here are some tips for keeping you in mind as you care for others:

Be open to many things.

There is no instruction manual on how to be a caregiver. It depends on each caregiver, each client, and each situation. Even as a caregiver, you may have to switch styles of caregiving depending on your relationship with the client.

Additionally, be open to the fact that things change. At some point, you may need more help, especially near the very end of your loved one’s life. Plan ahead for these sorts of things to make the process easier when the time comes.

Ask for help when you need it, and accept it when it’s given.

Sometimes, we don’t even realize when we need help, so if someone is offering it to you, it’s best for you to take it. Or, if you are struggling and are very aware that you need help, ask for it. There are plenty of resources available to you, ranging from other family members to friends to professional help.

Nourish your body.

Keep in mind that not eating can become as dangerous as overeating. When’s the last time that you sat down and had a good hearty meal? Remember to eat and replenish your body. You’re working hard out there, and having low blood sugar will only complicate matters.

Find support.

You are not alone in this. Not only can you find support through resources to help you with your caregiving, but you can also find other caregivers that are going through the same thing you are. Look in your local paper or run a quick Google search to see what’s available to you.

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