November is National Family Caregivers Month
November is designated as National Family Caregivers Month, a month when we collectively celebrate the extraordinary efforts of family caregivers. Not only do we recognize their countless hours but we heighten the awareness of caregiver issues, educational resources and overall support necessary for our nation’s family caregivers.
Caregiving is physically and mentally taxing; therefore, in a an effort to avoid higher risks of health issues and to be strong enough to care for a loved one - getting proper rest, nutrition and support is essential. One particular reference site known as the Caregiver Action Network provides tips for caregivers and we've listed a few of these tips here for your reference:
- Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
- Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
- Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
- Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
- Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.
- Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay getting professional help with you need it.
- Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
- Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find.
- Make sure legal documents are in order. If your loved one does not have an Advanced Directive, we can help you facilitate that conversation and fill out the appropriate paperwork. Please contact Collette at (432) 221-1657 or Betsy at (432) 221-4885 for more information.
- Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!