Tips for Caregivers

In caregiving on October 15, 2011 at 2:59 am

One group of people most prone to burnout are caregivers. The demand on them when caring for the ill or disabled can be overwhelming at best, especially if they feel they have little control over the situation. If you allow the stress of caregiving to turn into burnout it will affect you both physically and mentally. It is imperative you get the support you need. Here are some tips to help:

* Caregiving is a job and respite is necessary. Make sure you take respite breaks often.
* Caregivers often do a lot of lifting, pushing and pulling. Make sure to take care of your back.
* Be aware of the signs of depression. Don’t put off getting professional help when needed.
* When others offer to help or make suggestions, take them up on it.
* Educate yourself on the condition of the person you are caring for and how to communicate effectively with doctors.
* There is a difference between caring and doing. Try technologies and ideas that promote independence for the person you are caring for.
* Trust your instincts.
* Seek support from other caregivers.
* Be realistic and know your limits.

It was suggested that I add: It’s a privlidge to be a caregiver. This is so very true. I own a caregiving company and give care every day. I am blessed to be able to do this. I want to thank Chris MacLellan for this input.

  1. Very well said, and maybe add… It is a privlidge to be a caregiver!

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