Are You a Family Caregiver?
There are many roles you may play in life, and one of them may be as a caregiver for someone you love. You are not alone. Two out of every five adults are taking care of a parent, a spouse, a child, or another loved one. That’s 40% of all adults who are caregivers! It’s a challenge because it takes time, energy and commitment. It can be rewarding because you are investing yourself in the wellbeing of someone important to you.
Key tips for you to consider:
- Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s condition and the specifics of caring for them. The more you know, the less anxiety you’ll feel and the more effective you’ll be.
- Seek support from others, both from other helping resources and in social support for yourself. Accept offers of help and give yourself regular respite breaks.
- Take care of your health. There’s a saying that when you’re on a jet and the oxygen sign goes on, you must put on your mask first before your child’s mask. You cannot help others if you are out of commission!
- Accept your feelings, even the difficult ones like resentment or anger. It would be impossible to take on such a role without having mixed feelings or times of frustration. Find a trusted person you can confide in honestly, and remember that feelings are just feelings, not actions. They can’t hurt us or anyone else just by arising. We can choose how we act.
- Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in your role. You deserve it!
There are numerous websites dedicated to giving information and support for family caregivers. Each of the articles listed at the links below give a variety of perspectives and tips.
Caregiving and Help: Tips for Making Family Caregiving Easier http://www.helpguide.org/articles/caregiving/caregiving-support-and-help.htm
5 Biggest Issues for Family Caregivers
Real Families: Real Suggestions for Everyday Living