Caregiving Tips

  •  Learn about and understand the diagnosis of the person for whom you are caring. This will help you to plan ahead in a realistic manner.

  • Consider gathering together your family members to discuss the care that may be needed. Communication issues create barriers to effective caregiving. It’s important to include the care recipient in these meetings as well.

  • Take advantage of community resources for programs such as caregiver education and support groups to maximize the role of caregiving and reduce stress. Support groups are not only face to face any more, as there is a growing online community of support.

  • There are programs and services in the community to support caregivers and to promote socialization, to include respite, senior centers, and adult day care.

  • Take care of yourself! When caregivers take time to care for themselves, they are healthier, have more energy, and feel better.