[MOL] Caregiver series 4.... [00813] Medicine On Line


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[MOL] Caregiver series 4....



Educational Material


ARE YOU A CAREGIVER?

Whatever your age, you are a caregiver if you provide care that helps a person who is frail, elderly or disabled.

Family and volunteer caregivers provide 85% of all home care given in this country.

Caring for a relative or friend may be something you never expected or wanted. It may happen slowly or suddenly.

Few of us are trained to be caregivers. While caregiving can be physically and emotionally demanding, you can learn ways to make it easier.


YOUR REACTIONS AS A CAREGIVER

A confusing mix of emotions is normal.

You may feel love and concern, hostility and resentment, anger at your loved one receiving care, sadness or grief, helplessness, embarrassment and guilt -- all at the same time!


CARE FOR YOURSELF

Caregiving is both satisfying and stressful. You may feel pressure from your job and family. Know the warning signs that may signal a breaking point.

      Shortness of temper
      Sleeplessness
      Physical problems
      Inability to accept help from others
      Withdrawal from people close to you
      Financial problems
      Disinterest in normal leisure activities

YOU CAN FIND HELP

      • Seek respite care.
      • Turn responsibility over to another, either for a few hours or a few days.
      • Set reasonable goals.
      • Take your feelings into account.
      • Be realistic about what you can or cannot do.
      • Involve others.
      • Actively look for ways to involve other family members, friends and neighbors with your care receiver -- and keep them involved.
      • Recognize your loved one's abilities. People who need help also crave independence.
      • Join a support group. Support groups can let you learn, receive encouragement, and share insights and understanding with other caregivers.
      • Learn about helpful resources in the community.
      • Take care of yourself. Get the sleep you need. Find a private place and spend time there each day. Take time to enjoy yourself and your family.
      • Find balance.
Another person depends on you! If you are not in good health, that person may suffer. Seek help if needed.



Warmly, lillian
 
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