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Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

First, Care for Yourself

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

 

阿尔茨海默氏病早期 (Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease)

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社區看護選擇 (Community Care Options)

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雇用居家护理助手 (Hiring In-Home Help)

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Caregiving FAQs

Una Guia para Cuidadores

“Cuidar de uno mismo es fundamental si cuidas de un ser querido,” dijo una hija que cuida de su madre. Aunque es muy fácil decirlo, la aceptación e integración de este consejo puede ser mucho más difícil. Muchos cuidadores no tienen el tiempo para pensar en más que las tareas que les esperan cada mañana y se olvidan de incluir tiempo para sí mismos en la lista de cosas que necesitan hacer durante el día.

FAQ: "More Help"

Getting Sibling Help with Caregiving

Q: My siblings are of little help to me in taking care of our father, who has Alzheimer's. We all live in the same town. How can I get more help – even just moral support or an occasional visit – from them?

ANSWER:

LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group

 

If you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender and
caring for someone with ongoing health problems —

You are not alone.

 

A Guide to Taking Care of Yourself

"The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one," said a caregiver. Absolutely the easiest thing for someone to say and the hardest thing to accept is the advice to take care of yourself as a caregiver. It is often hard to see beyond the care tasks that await you each morning.

Hands-On Skills for Caregivers

When you’re a caregiver, finding time to take care of your own physical needs is difficult enough, but taking care of the physical needs of someone else is even more challenging. Assisting someone else to dress, bathe, sit or stand when they are upset, agitated or combative—often the case when caring for someone with a brain disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease—requires special strategies. The following five techniques can make taking care of a loved one’s physical needs easier.

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