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The Inside Track: Tips for Caregivers

  • Take care of yourself. Eat nutritious meals, exercise regularly, get sufficient sleep, and schedule routine medical/dental appointments.
  • Learn to acknowledge and express your feelings.
  • Ask for help when needed. Don’t expect others to ask you first.
  • Extended vacations may not be an option but you can set aside time a short outing or quiet time at home.
  • Find the humor in caregiving.
  • Engage in social activities, such as spending time with friends or attending cultural programs.
  • Pursue hobbies.
  • Learn from other caregivers.
  • Attend to your spiritual needs. Pray and attend religious services regularly.
  • Join a support group or make an appointment for individual counseling with a professional therapist.
  • Become empowered by educating yourself about your loved one’s condition.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Congratulate yourself for your accomplishments as a caregiver. Give yourself credit for being able to determine your loved one’s needs, coordinate services, etc.
  • Accept the fact that it’s impossible for you to provide around-the-clock care for your loved one.
  • Set limits, and learn to take charge of your life. Learn to say “no,” even to your loved one.