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.