The following are tips designed to help you as you undertake the responsibilities of being a Caregiver:
- Don't try to handle it alone. Accept help from those who offer assistance.
- Keep in mind your care recipient's wishes. If appropriate, ask for his or her input and ideas.
- Join a support group. Knowing that you are not alone is helpful to many caregivers.
- Allow yourself to take regular breaks. Enlist the help of other family members and community organizations to provide services such as adult day care, home-delivered meals, or errand running.
- Learn more about your loved one's disease or condition. Understanding the reasons behind their changes can help you provide the best care possible.
- Do not feel guilty about treating yourself to hobbies and activities you enjoy. In order to provide the best care for the care recipient, you must take care of yourself and your needs.
- Don't delay getting professional help to cope with feeling of depression, anger and anxiety. These feelings are common among caregivers, but can impede your ability to care for your loved one.
The Boone County Council on Aging has many videos and books on all aspects of caregiving. These videos and books can be looked over and checked out. You may contact the Outreach Department - Mindy, Janet or Joanne at 815-544-9893 to arrange for an appointment.