Tips for caregivers

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Close-up of granddaughter caring about grandma
Close-up of granddaughter caring about grandma

Encompass Health’s Michelle McCann offers tips to caregivers who are tending to a loved one

Take care of yourself. Neglecting your own needs can lead to serious physical or emotional problems as well as caregiver burnout. It is important to invest in your own health and well-being. 

Identify and reduce personal stress. Stress can lead to serious health complications. It is important for caregivers to recognize and manage their stress in order to reduce the impact of stress.  

Don’t be afraid to speak up. Good communication can help prevent misunderstandings with others. Being clear and specific when requesting information helps us to stay focused on the important facts while reducing anger and blaming.  

Appreciate your emotions. Feelings are normal in any situation. If negative emotions are not recognized and managed, caregivers can develop anxiety and depression.  

Accept help. Be willing to accept help. If assistance is not readily available, consider community agencies or hire in-home help if resources are available. Do not try to go it alone.  

Join a Support Group. Support groups allow caregivers to share and talk about their experiences with other caregivers. Support groups can help to refuel and provide caregivers with valuable insights of others who walk in your shoes.

The content of this site is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical conditions or treatments.