Caring for our Best Caregivers

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by FloydBrace Blogger
It's important to be the best caregiver you can be, but it is also important to take care of yourself!

It’s important to be the best caregiver you can be, but it is also important to take care of yourself!


Caring about the people we love is easy, caring for someone we love can be a bit tougher, especially if we are doing it all day, every day or for months and years on end.  Floyd Brace works with many caregivers who are helping our patients and understands many of the issues they face. Since we appreciate these dedicated individuals so much, we want to offer some tips to help caregivers do their job well.

Caregiver rule #1- Take care of yourself. It may be easier said than done, but it’s so important to make time for yourself and the things you enjoy. Watch out for isolation and signs of depression. Stay physically and mentally strong by taking care of yourself.  If you are worn out and exhausted, who will care for you AND the loved one you help?

Caregiver rule #2- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek help from other family members, friends and local agencies. You may be the main caregiver, but let others help lift your burden even if it’s just for an hour or a day.

Caregiver rule #3- Educate yourself on any conditions that are impacting the person you are caring for. Look on the internet or talk to professionals in the field. Find facts, not just feelings and opinions. Even online support can be informative and helpful!

Caregiver rule #4 – Talk to other caregivers. Have honest discussions about caregiving and swap stories. You’ll learn more and you may have experiences that can help them. Most importantly, you will learn that you’re not alone.

Caregiver rule #5 – Trust your instincts but learn to let go sometimes. It’s okay to work with agencies and professionals, but remember that you know your loved best, so trust your instincts. At the same time, accept that there are many things you can learn and be open to ideas and opinions from others.

Floyd Brace cares about our patients and their caregivers alike! You can find more tips for caregivers in our resource center or talk to an expert at Floyd Brace.


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