Care givers need help too. Do not be afraid to ask for help, and take time to care for yourself.

 

RDVIC advocates are available to assist care-givers with information and support as well as provide referrals to agencies that can help you better cope with the stress and demands of care-giving.

 

Signs of caregiver stress:

difficulty getting organized

crying for no reason

feeling short-tempered

feeling that everyday tasks are getting harder to accomplish

feeling constantly pressured for time

feeling that there is no time for self

 

Suggestions for caregivers:

Ask for help. Make a list of daily tasks, share the list with family and friends, and allow them to help you.

Take care of yourself as best as you can. Balance your time to allow for rest, eating well, exercise and for doing something that you find personally enjoyable. Don't try to be super-human.

Confide in someone. Talk with someone you trust who will listen and understand your situation.

Contact an online or local support group for caregivers. Some local resources for caregivers are:

Alzheimer's Association

West Virginia Caregivers

Senior Monongalians, Inc.

Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living

The WVU Center on Aging.

Get training on care-giving techniques and skills.

Make a cooperative respite plan that provides stress relief for you, and respects the rights and wishes of your care receiver.

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