For those who might find themselves in the role of a caregiver either to a family member or close friend, this is a very important and exhausting role outside of your job. It’s completely understandable to experience feelings of frustration and exhaustion when serving as a caregiver to someone you care about. There are resources available to help and support you as you navigate everything that comes with taking on a caregiver role.
- Understand the disease or condition, including common symptoms and the progression, anticipated physical limitations and behavioral changes.
- Know the medications, and when they should be taken, and other types of medical interventions, as needed.
- Learn how you can best assist with daily activities, but also know the limits of what you are able to do.
- If needed, arrange appropriate legal documentation early to help prevent issues later on. In general, advanced care directives such as durable power of attorney and living wills may be necessary to allow the patient to designate who they trust to make important life decisions on their behalf. Always consult with a state-certified attorney.
- This is hard on everyone. Consider the patient’s perspective, empathizing with them during this difficult time.
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself. It’s important for you to find someone you can talk with openly, such as a friend, family member or mental health provider.
Click here for an additional resource on caring for yourself while serving as a caregiver, provided by our partners at Optum.
1-800-677-1116 | eldercare.acl.gov
Family Caregiver Alliance
1-800-445-8106 | caregiver.org
National Alliance for Caregiving
1-202-918-1013 | caregiving.org/resources