For Families and Caregivers
Top Tips for Caregivers
By BreakThrough Care Center
Finding out a loved one has health issues can be overwhelming. It affects not only the person diagnosed but also those who care about them – especially the loved ones providing them with physical and emotional support. Whether you’re a spouse, partner, family member or close friend, giving care to a loved one requires patience, flexibility, and courage. BreakThrough Care Center is here to help provide the support and guidance patients, families, and caregivers need.
Knowledge truly is power for caregivers. There’s no better way to understand your loved one’s diagnosis, treatment, and progress than by taking an active role during their regularly scheduled clinic visits. It’s also beneficial to take advantage of local caregiver support groups and credible websites for resources and support. Being armed with knowledge can help you better accommodate your loved one’s needs, and put you at ease knowing what to expect.
Things can get kind of hectic in the day-to-day life of a caregiver. Trying to keep track of appointments, medicines, etc. can get confusing, so it’s a good idea to use a journal, notebook, or a calendar to help keep things organized. You could also set up a list of things that close family and friends can sign up to do weekly to pitch in. And if you find you’re spending a great deal of time on the phone updating friends and family members on your loved one’s progress, it would be helpful to designate someone close to them to help field these calls.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything that comes with being a caregiver, but it’s important that you remember to take care of yourself. After all, in order for you to be strong for your loved ones, you need to keep yourself strong and healthy. Whether you spend your free time getting exercise, meditating or listening to music, mini breaks are an easy way to replenish energy and lower your stress levels. Be sure to remember to get plenty of rest and proper nutrition, and tend to any ailments of your own that arise – this includes scheduling regular checkups and screenings. And although staying positive is highly beneficial for your loved one, it’s important that you allow yourself to feel emotions about your loved one’s situation – confide in a friend or counselor to provide insight and support.