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Take Time

By Amy Kaser, RN

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LAUGH WITH THE CAREGIVER

Finding the humor in a situation is such a stress reliever. Remember there may be times where humor is not appropriate. Give the caregiver permission to laugh, help them see the humor, let them know that it is ok to laugh at a situation not at the person. There’s a big difference.

GIVE THE CAREGIVER THE PROPER TOOLS/ TRAINING

Caregivers become frustrated when there is improper training and tools. Be sure they understand the procedures, equipment, who to call if there is a problem, how to problem solve. Provide or develop resources to help caregivers learn more about services, issues and techniques.

GIVE THE CAREGIVER PERMISSION TO SAY “I’ve had enough”

At some point the caregiver has given all they can, their own health has declined, or their loved ones health as declined. Assist them in the process of what to do next; give them options, allow them to talk through their concerns.

EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE

The more a caregiver can plan ahead and be made aware of issues in advance, the more effective and satisfied they will be in caregiving. 

 


Amy Kaser, RN has been a registered nurse for 16 years has experience in ICU, Dementia Care, and currently works as a Caregiver Support Coordination for the Area Agency on Aging, Region 9 Byesville, Ohio

 

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