Caregivers are special individuals who selflessly give their time, energy, money, and so much more to help others who are suffering. Only other caregivers can relate to what they go through on a daily basis.
Here are some recommendations other caregivers have for caregivers.
“Try not to take things that are said personally” or “always report changes in behavior to doctors.” Most importantly, remember that “every day is a new day.” In order to be an effective caregiver, it’s important to remember to be patient, take time for yourself, and to ask for help or accept it when it comes your way.
Being a caregiver is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you are a caregiver, it’s important to remember that you need to take care of yourself too. No one else will do it for you. Ask others for help if you feel overwhelmed, allow for a few minutes each day to breath, and don’t feel guilty for taking time for a break.
Patience and empathy are keys to being an effective caregiver.
But most importantly, remember that the person you are caring for has suffered a loss too and you cannot take anything personally. OneEighty supports caregivers and we are available for assistance whenever it is needed.