Taking Care of the Caregiver

Caregiving can be an emotional rollercoaster and there is often the inclination to forget one’s own needs. Here are some ideas about how caregivers can take care of themselves.

  • Ask for and accept help, you cannot do it alone. It can take a village. There are many resources available. Don’t wait until you are exhausted and overwhelmed.
  • Information is power. Be proactive, see an elder law attorney, review and discuss finances with a financial advisor; research benefits such as Veteran’s benefits and explore options such as daycare and home assistance.
  • Consider your own needs, “put your oxygen mask on first.”
  • Join a support group.
  • In addition to talking to your loved one’s physician about the needs of your loved one, talk to your physician about your needs and what is going on with you;
  • Manage your stress, exercise, get respite and take time for you.

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