Family caregivers, both seasoned and new, can benefit from these tips. When you care for others in any capacity, it can be a lot to shoulder. These four tips will ensure that you feel supported, organized and that you don’t neglect to prioritize your mental health in the process of helping your loved one.
Reach Out for Help
Family caregiving can affect a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. The good news is that if you’re a family caregiver, you don’t have to handle things all by yourself. It’s perfectly acceptable for anyone to ask for help when they need it. Keep a list of a few people that you know will help you when family caregiving becomes a bit overwhelming. Many caregiver assistance programs also exist that you can use for support and motivation, such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative
- Community Care For the Elderly (CCE)
- Home Care for the Elderly (HCE)
- National Family Caregiver Support Program
- Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (RELIEF)
- Senior Companion Program
- Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Long-Term Care Program
Also, you should reach out to us here at Millman Law Group, PLLC. One of our sole purposes is to make the lives of both elders and family caregivers more manageable. Our team understands that the aging process is complex, and we want nothing more than to guide you and your loved ones to navigate through it.
Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health
It’s impossible to drive a car when the tank is on “E.” It’s also impossible to take care of others when you aren’t at your best. Many family caregivers make a mistake by putting their mental health and physical health on hold for others. We recommend that you exercise, eat healthily, make time to do the things that make you happy, and amid taking your loved one to doctor’s appointments, you don’t neglect to go to your appointments.
Keep Documents Organized
Family caregivers should keep documents neat and organized because they have to manage a loved one’s legal, financial, and medical affairs. When important documents are all in one place, it alleviates stress. Wills, insurance policies, medical records, and retirement accounts are a few of the many documents that you should have on hand.
Family Caregivers Should Practice Keeping a Positive Attitude
Life is full of good days and then not-so-good days. For the not-so-good days, practice positive self-talk. Keep a positive, optimistic attitude and look for the good in life versus the bad.
Fantastic Guidance for Family Caregivers From Millman Law Group
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