Top 10 Tips for Caregivers

Updated:Aug 28,2013

Elderly woman and caregiver sitting and looking at laptop screenThe National Family Caregivers Association offers these 10 tips for family caregivers.

  1. Choose to take charge of your life, and don't let your loved one's illness or disability always take center stage.
     
  2. Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor and value yourself. You're doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time just for you.
     
  3. Watch for signs of depression and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it. 
     
  4. When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things they can do.
     
  5. Educate yourself about your loved one's condition. Information is empowering.
     
  6. There's a difference between caring and doing. Be open to new technologies and ideas that promote your loved one's independence and help you do your job easier.
     
  7. Trust your instincts. Most of the time they'll lead you in the right direction.
     
  8. Grieve for your losses, then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
     
  9. Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and as a citizen.
     
  10. Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing that you are not alone.


This content was last reviewed on 12/28/2011.

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