Caregiver Tips

At St. Andrews Resources for Seniors, we know the importance of remembering these simple tips when caring for elderly, and we wanted to share them with you. Take a few moments to ensure your caregiving reaches it full potential each and every day!

  • Work off stress. Exercise regularly.
  • Give yourself positive reinforcement
  • Take daily, weekly, monthly and yearly breaks.
  • Let your friends help you.
  • Give yourself permission to have a good cry.
  • Laugh about something everyday
  • Eat 3 balanced meals daily
  • Choose to take charge of your life. Don’t let your loved one’s illness or disability always take center stage.
  • Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor and value yourself. You’re doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time, just for you
  • Seek, accept, and at times demand help. Don’t ever be ashamed to ask for help.
  • Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
  • Stand up and be counted. Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen.
  • Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction.
  • Grieve for your losses, allow yourself to feel the way you feel, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
  • Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition. Information is empowering.
  • Watch out for signs of depression and or illness, and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it.
  • There’s a difference between caring and doing. Establish Your Limits. You have the right to set limits on what you will or can do.

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