Above Video: Mark S. and Nelia P. discuss the important relationship between caregiver and patient.
As a care partner, it is important for you to take care of yourself while supporting your loved one. This can be a difficult time for both patient and caregiver, but there are resources available to help you.
The Mayo Clinic has developed some ways to help you better manage caregiver stress.
- Accept help from people who offer their support. Have a list ready of ways that people can genuinely help you. This might include some simple errands, preparing a meal, or taking the person that you are caring for out for a short amount of time.
- You are not expected to be perfect. Believe that you are doing the best you can and making the best decisions, given the circumstances.
- Prioritize tasks and have realistic goals. It’s alright to say no to invitations and personal requests.
- Make time for your support system. Schedule time to connect with family, friends or a caregiver support group. Finding meaningful social support can provide you with non-judgemental help, validation and encouragement.
- Be kind to yourself. Your personal health is also important. Keep a good sleep routine, be physically active, eat well, and drinking plenty of water.
There are many communities accros Canada that provide local caregiver information and resources that you may find helpful. Please contact us to connect with local resources, or to let us know about your local caregiver support group.