Here are Tuesday’s Caregiving Tips for 1/20/15.
•Learn as much as you can: about your family member’s illness and about how to be a Caregiver. The more you know, the less anxiety you’ll feel about your new role and the more effective you’ll be.
•Seek out other caregivers. Join a group or online networking group. You will do 100% better with others who understand what you’re truly going through.
•Trust your Feeling. Who knows your caree better than yo? Remember, listen to your doctors but also listen to yourself. Caregiving does not mean doing everything for your loved one. If you do it all, what makes them want to do more? Look into new devices, techniques, even specialists. You never know where a cure will come from.
•Know your limits. Don’t over estimate or under estimate how much of your time and yourself you can give, you’ll be surprised. Set limits, and let everyone involved what those limits are.
For all of you that are new to Caregiving, these are just some of the ground rules. Depending on your caree’s specific diagnosis these can be compounded three fold or more. Feel free to read my other blog post on first aid kits, Emergency Bags and What’s in Them for more areas of Caregiving that you will eventually need to cover.