There may be no finer feeling of satisfaction than helping someone who really needs it. As humans, feelings of empathy (communicating to others that they’re not alone) and compassion (concern for the misfortunes of others) are what bond most of us to each other.
As a Caregiver, you’ve already made the decision to literally “give care” to someone who needs assistance. Often without much thanks, your decision to provide home care for seniors or others who need help is probably appreciated but not always acknowledged like it should.
If you’re feeling stressed, unappreciated or just looking for some guidance to help you do a better job, continue for a list of resources that are just a click away.
Because Caregivers are so focused on the people for whom they’re caring, they sometimes forget to take care of their own needs.
If you’re a caregiver, step back and take notice if you have any of the following:
Recognizing any of the above signs of stress is the first step. If you’re experiencing a number of the above items, the next step is the important: Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed
Feeling a lack of control can be a primary cause of Caregiver stress. Observe your situation to see where you cant take control and do it. Yes, there will be things you cannot change, so it’s best to just accept them and not waste time, energy and emotion trying to change what cannot be changed.
Being a Caregiver can be a challenging and stressful – yet ultimately rewarding – task. Whether you’re a family Caregiver tending to an elderly parent or adult child with developmental or intellectual differences, or a professional Caregiver working at a Home Helpers® Home Care office, there are plenty of resources to help you do your job better and deal with the pressure, too.
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9 Self-Care Tip for Caregivers – This is a wonderful piece that helps a Caregiver take stock of their role and their #1 priority, which is to take care of themselves.
5 Ways to Incorporate Music in Your Caregiver Routine – Music therapy is popular with many Alzheimer’s patients, but there’s no reason why you can’t also incorporate it on a regular basis to help brighten the mood for both you and your patient.
5 Ways to Find Happiness as a Family Caregiver – This piece from Forbes has five quality tips based on research studies that have been proven to work. Best of all, they’re easy to implement and allow you to remain in control.
5 Ways to Cope with a Difficult Family Member – Probably no one knows how to push our buttons or make us crazier than family members. This applies to family Caregivers, too – many of whom feel overworked and underappreciated. These tips will come in handy in almost every stressful family situation.
8 Movies Every Caregiver Should See – As a Caregiver, you may sometimes wonder if anyone understands things from your point of view. This list includes films that look at the role of Caregiver from multiple angles.
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Resource Page – This comprehensive list of links to Caregiver resources ranges from government sites to those helping Caregivers dealing with specific conditions. Whether you’re looking for practical advice, financial assistance or a support group, you can probably find assistance here.
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) – An organization worth joining if you’re going to be taking on the role of Caregiver for a substantial period of time. They offer lists, a Caregiver toolbox and even local “Lunch & Learn” events in cities across the country.