The Reef for Male Caregivers – Things You Can Do to Become a Better Caregiver
Hello and welcome. It’s obvious that caregivers have big hearts. They make sacrifices every day for the ones they love and care for. Good caregivers strive to become better every day, not for personal gain or accomplishment, but because they simply love the person they care for.
Here are 4 things you can do to become a better caregiver for your loved one!
1. Learn about your loved one’s disease
Really educate yourself about the disease your loved one is facing. You should know the stages of the disease, what the symptoms are, how the disease progresses, what challenges to expect from your loved one, etc.
2. Plan for the future
Since Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, you will need to get your loved one’s health, legal and financial affairs in order. If possible, plan for the future with your loved one and keep them involved. Be sure to thoroughly review all important documents to make sure it reflects the person’s wishes. The goal is to have their future planned out in a way they see fit before they are no longer able to make important decisions.
3. Join a caregiver support group
In support group, you learn that the problems that you go through as a caregiver are being experienced by other family caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be a great source of comfort. It can be helpful to talk with other caregivers who are in the same boat as you to share tricks, techniques, ideas and how they overcome challenges.
4. Take care of yourself!
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. This could mean asking family members and friends to help out, doing things you enjoy, using adult day care services, or getting help from a paid caregiver through an agency. Taking these actions can bring you some relief.
To contact us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for joining us today and we’ll see you again next month.