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Care for the Family Caregiver

Care for the Family Caregiver
10 tips for you

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. 

Presbyterian Homes & Services recognizes the family members who extend their love and care to support the older adults in their lives. Day in and day out, family caregivers fulfill a vital role in their loved ones’ care team, providing attention, advocacy, support and continuity. 

To mark the occasion, we remind caregivers that they are valuable and their own self-care is important, we offer these 10 tips:   

1.    Take charge of your life. Remember that the health condition of the person you care for need not always take center stage.

2.    Be good to yourself. Love, honor and value yourself. Caregiving is a hard job; you deserve time just for you.

3.    Watch for signs of depression and seek professional help when you need it.

4.    Accept the offer of others to help and suggest specific things they can do.

5.    Educate yourself about the health condition of the person you care for. Information is empowering. 

6.    Know the difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one's independence and make your job easier.

7.    Organize medical information so it’s up to date and easy to find.

8.    Make sure legal documents are in order and up to date.

9.    Trust your instincts. Usually, they will lead you in the right direction.

10.    Grieve for your losses; then allow yourself to dream new dreams.

11.    Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and as a citizen.

12.    Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

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