Here are some suggestions in providing the best care to your loved one while also taking care of yourself.
|Hold regular discussions with your loved one about their preferences as they age.|
|Learn as much as you can about your loved one's condition.
|Speak to with the doctor about the diagnosis.|
|Research on your own via the Internet|
|Contact local agencies such as Area Agency on Aging or Alzheimer's Association.|
|Hold a family meeting even with those out of the area to discuss how all of you will provide or coordinate care for your loved one.|
|Complete an inventory of important papers and records.|
|Make a list of your loved one's medical information including doctors, hospitals, past health conditions and current medications.|
|Make a list of emergency contact information and distribute to family and friends.|
|Investigate housing options available in your community.|
|Start a journal to express your feelings and thoughts.|
|Learn about how to correctly care for your loved one including lifting, transferring, or skin care.|
|Accept and seek help so you can get some time off by finding resources among friends and the community. Consider hiring a professional caregiver to provide assistance with cooking, cleaning, companionship, or any other activities of daily living.
|Make a list of how people could help.|
|Make a list of people who can give support to you and your loved one.|
|Take care of yourself ? make your health a priority too.
|Set aside time for yourself everyday to do something you enjoy or that relaxes you.|
|Get enough sleep.|
|Eat a healthy diet.|
|Talk about your feelings by attending a support group, talking to a friend or seeking counseling.|
|Assess your own limits emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually. This will help identify when you need help.|
|Don't give in to the guilt you may be feeling ? by taking care of yourself, you are best caring for your loved one.|