Educating yourself about your loved one’s illness or disability and how to best meet his or her needs while taking care of yourself can help alleviate anxiety and enable you to focus on providing the best care possible.
Few people are prepared for the responsibilities and tasks involved in caring for the aged. This guide, from the National Care Planning Council, serves as a road map, providing optional paths for caregivers. It is also an emphatic reminder that those who care for other people can do a better job of caregiving if time and attention also are given to their own personal needs.
As a family caregiver for an ailing parent, child, spouse, or other loved one, you’re likely to face a host of new responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating. These tips, from HelpGuide.org, can help you get the support you need while caring for someone you love in way that may benefit both of you.