Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important—and complicated—roles you’ll play. It can happen suddenly, with an accident or illness, or it may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or going to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals or handling their finances.
Whether you’re just beginning to anticipate a need or taking care of a family member full-time, this guide serves as a practical tool to make the process easier for both you and your loved one. It includes advice, resources and checklists to Start the Conversation. The right time to talk about the future is now—even if it’s uncomfortable. Ask your loved one...
Don't let your own health fail while caring for others.
Make caring for yourself a priority.
When caregivers are on call around the clock, they are often so selfless in their care of a loved one that they neglect to take care of themselves.
Did you know caregivers have a higher-than-normal incidence of getting sick? They can become so depleted that they cannot maintain the stamina to continue caring for others. Don't let this happen to you. Follow these 10 tips to nurture yourself physically, mentally and spiritually every day, even when you are at the bedside of another. Following these tips will help you find the health and happiness you deserve. And when you take care of yourself, you can care for your loved one even...
While family caregiving can be a genuinely rewarding experience, the caregivers often face common challenges that l
eave them overwhelmed, anxious and/or intimidated by their duties. Some of these challenges a family caregiver faces are:
Managing their time. Caregivers often find they have less time for themselves and other family members. They often spend so much time on caregiving duties that they end up sacrificing the things they enjoy, like hobbies or vacations. Or, they have trouble balancing work schedules around caregiving.
Emotional and physical stress. 22% of caregivers report that their health has gotten worse as a result of caregiving. Caring for chronic conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease seem to...