Previously published in Examiner
Part 12 of the tips for caregivers series
Tips for making a Montreal caregiver’s life a bit easier continued
A big issue is how to get everything done that needs to be done, again support groups can help you to manage your time. They may have suggestions on how to work around the family’s needs and the needs of the sick or disabled person in your charge. They will give you tips on how to prioritize your day and even delegate household chores to other family members. They may suggest that you hire a nurse or assistant if you need to and can afford it; to further assist you.
Take care of yourself
Eat well exercise and do not give up the things that you like to do. As a caregiver you are not expected to become a martyr, you are a healthy human being and you have needs as well. Depression is a major issue among caregivers because they not only hurt for the person they are taking care of, but they totally gave up on having a life of their own. Don’t let that happen to you, go out and get a life, go visit a friend, or go to church or have a day at the beauty salon, you need to pamper yourself as well. Or else you may come down with a weakened immune system or something else that requires DNA testing, such as urine samples or blood tests. Don’t let it come to that, you must be as much concerned about your own health as you are for the person you are caring for.
Information for caregivers in the Montreal Area
Memory and Alzheimer’s Help in Montreal