Millions of Americans provide unpaid care to another adult. Caregivers provide basic assistance and care for someone who is frail, ill or disabled. This can include anything from helping them balance their checkbook to providing full-time, live-in care.
Hospice of the Prairie & Prairie Home Health understands the challenges that often accompany the role of the caregiver. For more information, call 620-227-7209.
Tips for Caregivers
- Find someone you can talk to and discuss your feelings. All feelings are legitimate, even those that upset you (anger sadness, guilt).
- Set realistic goals. Balancing work, family, and time for yourself is difficult. Determine your priorities, and turn to other people for help with some tasks.
- Don’t be afraid to say “yes” when someone offers to help. Keep a list handy of errands or tasks you need help with.
- Don’t be afraid to say “no” when you are feeling overwhelmed or need a break.
- Carve out time for yourself, even if it’s just an hour or two. Go to a movie, have lunch with a friend, or just sit and read a book.