Self-Care (caregiver)

照顾好自己的指南 (A Guide to Taking Care of Yourself)

“对自己的关爱就是给亲人的关爱,”一位看护者说。对于看护者而言,说起来最容易而接受起来最艰难的事情莫过于照顾好自己的建议。通常除了每天早晨等着您的护理任务,很难再去想其他事情。

多项研究表明看护有损健康。约有 60% 的看护者表现出临床抑郁症的症状,并且看护者比其同龄人服用更多的处方药,包括治疗焦虑和抑郁的药物。不愿请求和接受帮助是获得必要的暂时休息和支持的主要障碍。当需要更换尿布时,谁有时间去考虑休息?在美国,有百分之七十五的看护者是女性。其中,一些人照顾配偶/伴侣,一些成年子女照顾父母,一些父母照顾成年子女。照顾好自己是什么意思?为什么这么难做?您是怎么做的?

 

支持

支持和应对有许多形式——祈祷,与家人、朋友或专业人员交谈,接受别人提供的帮助,散步,读书,吃热巧克力圣代。但是大多数看护者最终会离开朋友和家人,感到孤立,好像没有人理解。支持团体可以成为理解和交流的重要来源。

 

Hướng Dẫn Chăm Sóc Bản Thân (A Guide to Taking Care of Yourself)

Theo một người chăm sóc, “sự chăm sóc mà bạn dành cho bản thân là sự chăm sóc mà bạn dành cho người thân của mình.” Dĩ nhiên điều dễ nhất một người có thể nói và điều khó chấp nhận nhất là lời khuyên chăm sóc bản thân khi bạn là người chăm sóc. Thường khó có thể nhìn được xa hơn những công việc chăm sóc đang chờ đón bạn mỗi buổi sáng.

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Self-Care (Caregiver College Video Series)

Sculpting: An Expression of My Experience with Alzheimer’s

Art has fascinated me since childhood, but it was only later in adulthood that art became important as a personal form of expression. I discovered I could sculpt about the same time we discovered my husband, Don, had Alzheimer’s. Sculpting then, for me, became both an escape from his illness and a connection to him. Art, always our strong common bond, became, even in his illness, a welcoming doorway for us both into a wider world of art. It became a way to experience some moments of joy even as we plummeted, tethered together, into the black vortex of his disease.

Emotional Side of Caregiving

Whether you become a caregiver gradually or all of sudden due to a crisis, or whether you are a caregiver willingly or by default, many emotions surface when you take on the job of caregiving. Some of these feelings happen right away and some don’t surface until you have been caregiving for awhile. Whatever your situation, it is important to remember that you, too, are important. All of your emotions, good and bad, about caregiving are not only allowed, but valid and important.

So Tired From All My Parents' Doctor Appointments That I Hate Seeing One Myself

I have multiple illnesses and receive only SSI, though I did try to work some freelance after getting disability. I am currently living with, and trying to look after two parents. They are in their late 80s/early 90s and very luckily have only mild dementia. I attribute some of this to the fact that I am there and, being a person who is interested in many things, create a stimulating environment.

When Caregiving Ends

Caregiving can last for many years. Caregivers set their own lives aside to care for someone else. When that person dies, caregivers have to figure out what to do with their lives now. There is no preparation for this transition. Generally you are so busy caregiving, and life changed so long ago, that there has not been time nor energy or even the psychological will to think about what comes next. Here are some tips that might help you during this time:

A Caregiver’s Bill of Rights

I have the right . . .

  • To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capacity to take better care of my relative.
     
  • To seek help from others even though my relative may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
     
  • To maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things for myself.
     

Caregiver Self-Care: Caring for You

The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one.

Keep these simple steps and strategies in mind to ensure that you as a caregiver find time and resources to take care of yourself.

Caregiver Health

A Population at Risk

An estimated 44 million Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with disabilities who live in the community.1 The value of this unpaid labor force is estimated to be at least $306 billion annually,2 nearly double the combined costs of home health care ($43 billion) and nursing home care ($115 billion).3

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