Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Three Important Areas of Focus for Caregivers

As we've noted in previous posts, caregiving can be an emotional rollercoaster and there is often the inclination to forget one’s own needs.  

Here are three important areas in which caregivers should take care of themselves:
  1. Ask for and accept help, you cannot do it alone.  It can take a village.  There are many resources available.  Don’t wait until you are exhausted and overwhelmed. 
  2. Information is power; Be proactive, see an elder law attorney, review and discuss finances with a financial advisor; research benefits such as Veteran’s benefits and explore options such as daycare and home assistance.
  3. Consider your own needs, “put your oxygen mask on first.”