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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
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