10 Tips For Family Caregivers: Tips For Caring For Elderly Parents At Home, Someone With Dementia Or Someone With Alzheimer's Disease In North Carolina.

Jackie Bedard
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Attorney, Author, and Founder of Carolina Family Estate Planning

The following is an article from the November 2020 issue of "Get Your Ducks in a Row" Carolina Family Estate Planning's Free Newsletter. You can read the rest of the issue, as well as back issues of our newsletter online at www.carolinafep.com/library/newsletters/ or subscribe for free at www.carolinafep.com/newsletter.cfm

10 Tips For Family Caregivers

  1. Ask for support from other caregivers. Learning that others have had similar experiences can be an enormous relief.
  2. The good you can do for your loved one is dependent on how well you take care of your own health.
  3. If someone offers help, take it. Be specific with suggestions of the things people can do to help you. Accepting help is not a sign of weakness.
  4. Take some respite time, caregiving is hard work.
  5. Watch out for signs of stress, anger, and frustration in yourself. Ask for help if you think you suffer from depression.
  6. Seek training and get help from new technologies. It’ll make taking care of your loved one a lot easier.
  7. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors so you can better advocate for your loved one.
  8. Organize medical information so it can be updated and easy to access.
  9. Plan early for the present and future needs of your loved one. An Elder Law attorney experienced in long-term care planning can help you.
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!