If you are a caregiver for a spouse, parent, child or loved one, you know it is hard. It takes a lot of time, effort, and work. We want to make it easier. Your loved one’s care coordinator is a great resource to you. They can help find support like in-home care, meals on wheels, home repair programs and more.
Care For Yourself
Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Caring for yourself is not selfish. You cannot give your best to someone else if you are not caring for yourself first.
- Take care of your own health. See a provider each year to stay up-to-date on routine exams and screenings. Make sure that you get enough sleep and add plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains to your diet.
- Give yourself grace. Take a break from caregiving when you can. Join a fitness class, read a book, or meet up with a friend for lunch. Do something for yourself that is not related to caregiving.
- Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s condition. Research the issues they face now and what may happen in the future. The more you educate yourself, the better you can plan.
- You are not alone! Find a support group with people who are in similar situations. Caregiver.org and caregiveraction.org have free online support groups you can join.
Member Services: 1-833-230-2005 (TDD/TTY: 711) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT