Caring for someone with a terminal illness is one of the most challenging experiences in life, yet it has the potential to be the most rewarding. Few of us are adequately trained for the new responsibilities and tasks that await. Caregiving can involve numerous tasks, such as giving medications, shopping, cleaning, cooking and paying bills and helping the person bathe, dress and eat.
Tips for CaregiversCaregiving can be stressful. Follow our tips to help alleviate your stressors. Caregivers have needs too.
1. Make your own wellness a priority. Take time to take care of yourself. Take breaks and make time to focus on the activities you enjoy like reading, exercising, spending time alone or a hobby. Make sure you get enough sleep and eat healthy.
2. Know when to ask for help and when to accept help from others. Many times, friends and family members want to help but they don't know how. Make it easy on yourself and others by letting them know what your needs.
3. Find a place where you can talk about your feelings. Find support group or talk with family or friends. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks for yourself.
4. Learn as much as you can about your loved ones illness and about to be a caregiver. The more you know the less anxiety you will feel and the more effective you will be.