Tips for Family Caregivers

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Tips for Family Caregivers

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These tips for family caregivers may help you get through some difficult times.
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National Family Caregivers Association

Ten Tips for Family Caregivers  
    1. Seek support from other caregivers.  You are not alone! 
    2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.
    3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. 
    4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. 
    5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.
    6. Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it. 
    7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one. 
    8. Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find.
    9. Make sure legal documents are in order.
    10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is.

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The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.

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Last updated October 21, 2013


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