Eboni Green, PhD, RN
Eboni Green, PhD, RN
Co-Founder of Caregiver Support Services
Caregivers who are worried, experiencing depression and anxiety will unfortunately experience burnout long-term. In fact, our system cannot afford to lose a single caregiver because they are burned out. Because caring for your loved one can be extremely stressful, I hope that you will use the following tips to care for yourself as you care for your loved one:
Let go of tasks that you do not need to perform. This means that sometimes you will need to delegate and let go of tasks that you do not need to perform personally. Perhaps your home will not be as clean as you would like sometimes; in the long run, the cleanliness of your home does not matter. When you delegate, it is important to let the other person complete the task in his or her own time. Remember that you cannot determine someone else’s pace, but you can control your response. You can either give the person space to flourish or overshadow his or her important roles by holding on to everything. Your goal is to make sure your loved one is cared for and loved.
Include others who will assist you. If you have family and friends on whom you can call for support, it is important to do so. Even if you do not have extended family nearby or do not get along with your own family, you can still build a network of friends who can help in the care of your loved ones; some of them may even become your greatest supporters.
Celebrate successes along the way. On occasions where you are successful in reaching a goal, no matter how incremental, you should stop and celebrate. I find that sometimes caregivers minimize the successes that occur in their day. It is important to focus on what is going well if you want to be healthy over the long term.
Take time out for yourself. When possible, try to schedule time to do things that are important to you. It is important to make sure that you keep interests outside of your caregiving. When you take time out for yourself, it should be for something that you would not need to do or learn as a part of caring for your loved one.
Be empowered! The term empowerment is defined as the ability to engage in and execute behaviors for successful caregiving. It is a significant force that may assist you with the tasks associated with caring for a loved one. In fact, once you are empowered, you are better able to help your loved one live life with greater fulfillment. When you are empowered, you are also more inclined to reflect on the many rewards gained by the new sense of purpose resulting from providing care for your loved one.
Diane R. Beggin, RN
40 Sycamore Drive
Montgomery, NY 12549
Web site: http://ManageNursingCareAtHome.com
Book: HOW TO MANAGE NURSING CARE AT HOME, by Cooper and Beggin
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