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10 Tips for Caregivers


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  1. ​​​Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!

  2. Take care of your own health so you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.

  3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. Visit the following website to set up a Help Calendar which enables friends and family to schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the caregiver: http://can.lotsahelpinghands.com/caregiving/home/

  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. Use the following link to view a video that may help you: http://my.brainshark.com/Saturing-Communicating-Effectively-With-Healthcare-Professionals-962681677

  5. Make sure legal documents are in order. 

  6. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.

  7. Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it.

  8. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one. Many support groups are offered online and many clinics offer tele-medicine or remote visit options to decrease travel.

  9. Organize medical information so it’s up to date and easy to find. Find a system that works for you or ask your coordinator for help.

  10. Give yourself credit as this is a very tough responsibility!

Adapted from the Caregiver Action Network “Ten Tips for Family Caregivers.” For more information, visit their website at: http://​www.caregiveraction.org/resources/10-tips-family-caregivers​

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Published in The Bloodline, August 2015