Help for the Caregiver

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.



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