Dealing With Caregiver StressPosted on November 12, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Blog, Caregiver Education, Caregiving, Dementia Care, Education
Dementia: Tips for dealing with caregiver stress
The emotional and physical demands involved with caregiving can strain even the most capable person. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of available help and support. These tips have helped others deal with caregiver stress.
Here are the tips:
1. Accept help. Be prepared with a list of ways that others can help you and let the helper choose what he or she would like to do. For instance, one person might be happy to take the person you car for on a walk a couple times a week. Someone else might offer to pick up groceries for you. Let people help – never say no.
2. Don’t give in to guilt. Feeling guilty is normal, but understand that no one is a perfect caregiver. You’re doing the best you can at any given time. Your house does not have to be perfect, and no one will care if you eat leftovers three days in a row. And you don’t have to feel guilty about asking for help.
3. Get informed. Organizations such as the Red Cross and the Alzheimer’s Association offer classes on caregiving, and local hospitals may have classes specifically about the disease your loved one is facing.
4. Join a support group. A support group can be a great source for encouragement and advice from others in similar situations. It can also be a good place to make new friends.
5. Stay connected. Make an effort to stay in touch with family and friends. Set aside time each week for socializing, even if it’s just a walk with a friend. Whenever possible, make plans that get you out of the house.
6. Commit to staying healthy. Find time to be physically active on most days of the week, and don’t neglect your need for a good night’s sleep. It’s also crucial to eat a healthy diet.
7. Get enough sleep and rest. Your body needs enough time to recover from stressful events. A good night’s sleep will help rejuvenate your body and mind.
8. See your doctor. Get recommended immunizations and screenings. Make sure to tell your doctor that you’re a caregiver. Don’t hesitate to mention any concerns or symptoms you have.