10 CAREGIVER SURVIVAL TIPS

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10 Caregiver Survival Tips       

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Caregivers face many challenges as they strive to balance work, family and caregiving responsibilities. Below are ten of the top things caregivers can do for themselves when they are caring for a loved one.

10 Caregiver Survival Tips                                    From AsYouAge

  1. 1.   Caregiving is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with respite breaks often.


  1. 2.   Watch out for signs of depression, and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it.


  1. 3.   When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.


  1. 4.   Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors.


  1. 5.   There’s a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence.


  1. 6.   Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction.


  1. 7.   Be good to your back. Caregivers often do a lot of lifting, pushing, and pulling.


  1. 8.   Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.


  1. 9.   Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.


  1. 10. Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen.
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CAREGIVER RIGHTS

From The American Heart Association

As a Family Caregiver, I have the right to:

  1. Take care of myself.  This is not an act of selfishness.  It will enable me to take better care of my loved one.

  2. Seek help from others even though my loved one may object.  I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.

  3. Maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy.  I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things for myself.

  4. Get angry, be depressed and express other difficult emotions occasionally.

  5. Reject any attempt by my loved one (either consciously or unconsciously) to manipulate me through guilt, anger or depression.

  6. Receive consideration, affection, forgiveness and acceptance from my loved one for as long as I offer these qualities in return.

  7. Take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it sometimes takes to meet the needs of my loved one.

  8. Protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.

  9. Expect and demand that as new strides are made in finding resources to aid physically and mentally impaired persons in our country, similar strides will be made toward aiding and supporting caregivers.
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that explains the rules of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

 
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