Monday Mojo for Caregivers – I’m a Super Star – How to Effectively Help Others
Today’s caregivers juggle careers, personal relationships, housework and caring for a loved one in need.
The following tips are designed to help you become a successful caregiver:
1. Become informed –Know as much as you can about the illness you’re facing. Ask the doctors and healthcare professionals questions, use the Internet as a resource and seek out others going through similar situations in your local and online communities.
2. Communicate – You can expect to feel overwhelmed at times. Communicating how you and your loved ones are handling the ups and downs not only will make you feel better but also will give your support community the heads-up to help you out.
3. Reach out for help – You can’t do it all on your own. Create a group of willing helpers – or pay for in-home care – to assist with driving, cooking and the many special needs of your loved one.
4. Journal – Tension and stress are part of the job description, and it’s important to acknowledge and communicate these feelings. Begin by journaling regularly, and seek help or support when needed.
5. Build a support network – Form a network of support around yourself by joining a local or online caregiver support group.
6. Maintain a positive attitude – There are certainly ups and downs, good days and bad. The best gift you can give yourself and your loved one is a positive attitude.
7. Get help navigating the maze – Care giving is more than just driving someone to the doctor and providing them with meals. All of the insurance paperwork, financial planning, legal documentation and prescription orders can be overwhelming. Take advantage of hospital and online resources to find the help you need.
8. Take time off – One of the most important things a caregiver can do for themselves and their loved one is to take time off to do something for you – take a walk, go to the mall, get a manicure, make time for friends. Set up a standing date to thank yourself for your efforts.
9. Trust your instincts – Most of us aren’t counselors or therapists and don’t know what to do or what to say when a loved one faces a crisis and needs your help. In most situations, however, go with your gut and you’ll say – and do – the right thing.
10. Spend quality time together – Your relationship with your loved one changes when you become their caregiver, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the quality time together you once had. Find ways to enjoy each others’ company with games and other activities you once enjoyed.
To contact us
To contact us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center please call (561) 588-4545. Thanks for watching today’s Monday mojo and we’ll see you again next week!