Does someone rely on you for care? Then you are a family caregiver.
What does it mean to be a family caregiver?
Caregiving means helping a person who can't take care of himself/herself because of illness of disability.
Okay, so I am a family caregiver. Now what?
Caregiving is a big job, and it can disrupt your life. Recognizing yourself as a caregiver is the first step in taking care of yourself and taking care of yourself is essential if you’re going to survive the strain and responsibility.
What should I do next?
Use the following tips to help ease the pressure of caregiving:
Ask for help! You can’t do everything yourself.
Prioritize. Do only what is most important.
Communicate with friends and relatives. Don’t isolate yourself. You can’t do everything yourself.
Seek resources. When seeking help from agencies and organizations, write everything down: your questions, the date of contact, with whom you spoke, what was said. Keep your notes.
Recognize what you do is important. Remind yourself daily of the value of what you’re doing.
Take care of yourself. Exercise, eat right and take a respite break.
For information on respite and other resources available to caregivers, contact the Alamo Service Connection at (210) 477-3275 or visit www.acewings.org.