Unprepared to Provide Family Caregiving? A simple tip to lighten the load.

Posted on May 4, 2012

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How prepared are you to become a caregiver?  It  can happen in an instant and most people are caught flat-footed.  Check out how you

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can use a little simple technology to get up to speed, lighten the load and make it a team effort.

How CareTogether Can Help Families That Are Unprepared to Provide Family Caregiving.

And remember these simple tips.

  • Eat properly, get enough sleep and exercise.
  • Take time to get away.
  • Utilize available family, friends, or paid help.  Check out the link above to make this easier.
  • Schedule visitors at different times to maximize the time you can be relieved of caregiving responsibility.
  • Look for the positive experiences in caregiving.
  • Maintain a sense of humor.
  • Use community resources for information and support.
  • Seed help with difficult situations and behaviors – consult physicians and other resources so you know what to expect.
  • Join a support group.
  • Arrange for a comprehensive assessment to get specific recommendations.
  • Run the numbers to see if it makes sense for you to try to keep working and hire a caregiver or if you need to do it full-time.  Again, consider your situation carefully in terms of what it will mean to be out of work for the time spent caregiving.  Keep in mind that a few months can stretch into a longer time.

 

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