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Top 10 Tips for Caregivers

The National Family Caregivers Association* offers these 10 tips for family caregivers.

  • Choose to take charge of your life, and don't let your loved one's illness or disability always take center stage.
  • Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor and value yourself. You're doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time just for you.
  • Watch for signs of depression and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it. Download a printable depression self-assessment from the American Medical Association*.
  • When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things they can do.
  • Educate yourself about your loved one's condition. Information is empowering.
  • There's a difference between caring and doing. Be open to new technologies and ideas that promote your loved one's independence and help you do your job easier.
  • Trust your instincts. Most of the time they'll lead you in the right direction.
  • Grieve for your losses, then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
  • Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and as a citizen.
  • Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing that you are not alone.

*This link is provided for convenience only, and is not an endorsement or assurance of the entity or any product or service