5 Tips for Caregivers

Caregivers manage a wide range of responsibilities and provide support for those in need. However, because they spend so much of their time helping others, caregivers can sometimes forget to take care of themselves. Here are a few tips for caregivers:

Seek Support From Others: Caregiving is no easy task, it can be both physically and emotionally draining. Having a community of other caregivers who understand your challenges can help. Check out the Caregiver Action Network Forum.

Take Care of Your Own Health: Many caregivers tend to put their own well-being on hold, but in order to care for others, you first need to ensure your own health. Remember to practice self-care and take breaks when needed. 

Practice Communication Skills: In addition to care, caregivers must communicate the recipient’s needs to family members, physicians, and others. This can be challenging for a number of reasons, but practicing good communication with other involved parties will make your job easier and allow others to better assist.

Get Organized: Organize and keep track of important medical and legal documents so they are up-to-date and easy to find when needed. Have a system for medication management, daily schedules, and any administrative tasks.

Use Outside Resources: Especially for family caregivers, while there are no limits to your love and devotion, there are limits to your stamina. Explore what kind of support is available in your area. Assisted living communities or home care organizations may provide the extra help you need to regain your energy. Learn more about MBCC’s Helping Hands Program.