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Caring For The Caregiver
Being a caregiver is a stressful and
demanding job. There is usually very little, if any
opportunity to prepare for a new caregiving situation.
The well-being of the caregiver requires priority
consideration. Thought must be given to the fate of the
care recipient if the caregiver becomes unable to
continue with caregiving responsibilities. Caregivers
are susceptible to depression, illness, physical
exhaustion and emotional exhaustion. Any of these
conditions will easily interfere with a person's ability
to be an effective caregiver.
The following are suggestions for maintaining caregiver
Become informed about the care recipient's health issues
and any expected changes in behavior.
Accept the facts and deal with your situation the best
that you can.
Seek professional help whenever necessary.
Share the burden of caring and caregiving with family
members and other interested persons.
Talk about your problems with a trusted person.
Don't be too shy, proud, or afraid to seek help with
Become aware of the limits of your caregiving abilities.
Maintain social activities and important relationships.