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10 Helpful Tips For Family Caregivers

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10 Helpful Tips For Family Caregivers

By Sarah Murphy

Caregiving for a family member can be a very rewarding and difficult responsibility. More than 65 million people (29%) in the U.S., provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. Caregiving for a family member can be stressful, but there are ways to ease that stress. 

 

Here are 10 helpful tips for family caregivers:

 

1. Reward yourself with frequent breaks

  • Caregiving can be a stressful job. it's important that you take respite breaks often. 

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2. Watch for signs of depression. 

  • Don't delay in getting professional help when you need it. 

 

3. Accept help and/or delegate 

  • You don't have to do this alone. If others offer their help, accept it. Delegate work as necessary. 

 

4. Educate yourself

  • Learn about your loved one's condition. Be an advocate for them and learn how to effectively communicate with their doctors. 

 

5. Be open to new ideas

  • Be open to technologies or ideas that could give your loved one more independence. 

 

6. Trust your instincts 

  • Most of the time they'll lead you in the right direction.

 

7. Take care of yourself

  • Caregiving can come with a lot of heavy lifting. Be sure to take care of your back, and don't over exert yourself. 

 

8. Keep a positive mentality 

  • Mind over matter. Try to stay as positive and hopeful as you can. 

 

9. Seek support from other caregivers

  • Join a support group with other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone. 

 

10. Stand up for your rights

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

 

If you are a caregiver or have ever been a caregiver for a family member, tell us what you have done to ease the stress of caregiving. Let us know in the comments!

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