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The world is a better place because you care.
Most caregivers modestly disagree. But if you doubt this, pause and imagine what the world would be like without family caregivers…..
Your compassion and committment to your family makes the world a better place for all of us. Thank you.
I cared for my parents for many years. With Dad’s help and my nursing assistance, Mom was able to live (and die) in her own home. Dad lived to be 93, the last 6 years living with my husband and me. My Dad was loving, sweet, considerate, and until the end, alert and only mildly confused. Still, my oh my, some of my days were highly stressful. I would do it again – without a doubt – but I would wish for more support and less burnout. When my dad passed on and no longer needed me, it took me nearly two years to recover my health and well-being.
You are not alone. In a 2015 survey of family caregivers, 42% of family caregivers requested assistance with coping and managing stress. Four in ten caregivers (38% of those surveyed) say their caregiving situation is highly stressful, and 26% report moderate stress. (Source: Caregiving in the US 2015, Focused Look at Caregivers of Adults Age 50+) Just coping and taking breaks when you can might be the best you can do with the limited time and money available to most family caregivers.
Here you will find quick and easy solutions to stress.
If you do have the time to learn new practices, visit the TLC Resource Center for Contemplative Practices. There are lots of contemplative practices that will help you stay calm and centered.
When asked, 84% of caregivers requested help in finding caregiving topics that would assist them to more competently care for their loved one. (Source: Caregiving in the US 2015, Focused Look at Caregivers of Adults Age 50+)
Talk to your loved one's doctor and nurses to learn the medical procedures you need to do at home. Visit the resources here for practical tips from other caregivers and caregiving professionals, including experts in financial issues, end of life planning, healthcare services, and benefits. You deserve all the help you can get.
When I struggled to recover emotionally, physically, and spiritually after my blessed but draining caregiving experience, no one in healthcare understood. Former caregivers wrote about recovery in blogs, but as a nurse I find it inexcusable that healthcare professionals are ignorant and ill-equipped to care for recovering caregivers.
You might call it recovery, or life after caregiving, or refer to yourself as a retired caregiver. I found that recovering after caregiving is more than a grieving process - it is a life transition. Read on to learn more!
Please check with your doctor before trying wellness practices. If you have post traumatic stress disorder or seizures or if you take medication especially for diabetes, thyroid, hypertension, anxiety or sleep, there are some considerations about meditation. Click here to learn more in my blog
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What happens when caregiving is done?
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The Lyman Center: Calming and centering contemplative practices online for senior citizens and family caregivers from Gale Lyman, holistic nurse, freelance writer and guest speaker.
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