Caregivers: Care for Yourselves Too
Thu, 11/18/2010 3:00 PM
Methodist Hospice does not just care for the patient we care for the caregiver as well. As healthcare providers throughout the Methodist Hospitals in Memphis, this is true for all of us. The term "caregiver" refers to anyone who provides assistance to someone else who is in some degree, incapacitated and needs help. Learning how to help the caregiver will allow us to also help the patient as well in whatever are we provide care. One way we can help them is by encouraging them to care for themselves so they can better care for the patient and also what to do when they need to relieve the stress brought in their role of being caregiver.
Caregiver Survival Tips
Remember that almost everyone is a caregiver for a family member at some point, not just those with someone under hospice care. Plan ahead for those times when you will be stressed as a caregiver. It happens to everyone. If you have a plan of action, you will be better prepared to deal with the stress so that it does not interfere in your life or the care you are providing. No one will be helped if you become sick from too much stress.
Try these stress busters:
Remember the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
Helen Schlessinger is the Director of Clinical Services for Methodist Hospice. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.
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