Caregiver Resources: What You Should Know
Taking on the role as a caregiver can happen in a blink of an eye. Being a caregiver for your loved one can be stressful, as you want to provide what is best for them, but how can you handle that stress? Read on for some tips and techniques that you can use as you fill your new caregiver role.
Strategies to Deal with Caregiver Stress
No matter who you are, the demands involved with caregiving, both emotional and physical, can cause serious amounts of stress. To manage that stress, use these following tips:
Don’t do it alone. You’re not superman and it’s perfectly fine to accept help. Whether it’s a friend that helps you run errands or a family member that cooks dinner for you twice a week, this help can really make a difference in your routine.
What can you provide? Similar to the last tip, it’s important to understand what care you can give to your loved one. Although you may feel guilty on occasion, no one can be a “perfect” caregiver. Just remember to make the best decisions you can.
Join a support group. You’re not the only caregiver in the world. Look in your community for a support group. This type of group can provide you with encouragement and give you support during difficult situations.
Care for yourself. Although you are caring for a loved one, make sure you’re taking care of yourself too. Visit your doctor regularly and set personal health goals, such as exercising a certain amount of times per week or establish a good sleep routine.
Working Outside the Home
Many caregivers work outside of the home — 60 percent to be exact. This can start to become overwhelming for many people. If you’re in this situation, you may want to take some time off work, and that’s possible because of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. With this, you may be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave a year to care for your relatives. Check with your human resources office to learn about the options.
Regardless of your reason, sometimes you need more help for your loved one than you want to admit, and although it may be difficult, sometimes it’s best for you and your loved one. There are two main types of respite care options:
In-home respite. With this option, home health aides can provide your loved one with nursing services and companionship.
Short-term nursing homes. If you’re going on vacation or just need a break to care for yourself, several assisted living homes and nursing homes accept people for short-term stays.
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