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Caregiver Stress /
By Kathy Bosworth
Keep your sense of humor. It’s the
most important tool you have and it’s free.
Humor can be found in the most surprising
places, even hospitals and nursing homes.
Laughter is good for the soul.
Know your limitations! Don’t let
guilt get in the way of making the best decision
for your family member and yourself. Not
everyone can be a caregiver no matter how good
their intentions might be. If you
cannot be a caregiver due to an emotional,
physical, financial or locational burden, you do
have choices. You cannot help another if
you yourself need help. The medical
needs might warrant the need for assisted
living or long term care. If you
must find alternative living arrangements, make
sure they are ones you can live with and serve
the best interest of your loved one! Stay
involved and vigilant that the care remains
Caregiving is a huge responsibility.
Keeping the caregiver healthy— physically, mentally,
and emotionally — is vital. Try to find the
right balance in your life that allows you to care
for your loved one while caring for yourself.
Other helpful websites for caregivers:
Family Caregiver Alliance: caregiver.org
National Family Caregivers Association: nfcacares.org
National Alliance for Caregiving: caregiving.org
Today’s Caregiver: caregiver.com
Kathy Bosworth is the author
of “Your Mother has Suffered a Slight Stroke.”