1. A sense of humor and a smile are essential for everyone...
The former is nature, the latter is nurture.
2. A good nap makes for a better day.
M in CT:
I've learned that it takes a lot of patience and
I've learned that although they can
be demanding, it's only because they trust and love you
and know you will always be there, even at their worst.
I also learned that the ones you
care for need to feel needed and actually WANT to help,
even if they sometimes act like they are not capable.
Push them. You'll be surprised when they rise to the
occasion no matter how hard.
And finally, I learned that it's
okay to say no and it's okay to ask for help from
friends, family, and to trust in our heavenly Father for
"power beyond what is normal."
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your loved one often come from other caregivers.
Please post your ideas and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.