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Tips and Resources for the In-home Caregiver

Ways to keep yourself healthy so that you can keep giving your loved one the best you've got:

  • Ask for help: Acknowledge your limits. Enlist family, friends or respite, and think of yourself as the leader of a caregiving "team."
  • Take time for yourself: Get out of the house, go to a movie or have lunch with a friend.
  • Get some exercise: Keeping fit will not only help keep you healthy, but it will help your body handle the added stress that is now part of your job.
  • Listen to your body: If something hurts, take care of it. Don't wait until it has become a chronic or life-threatening issue.
  • Establish routines: Daily routines can help diffuse stress and worry.
  • Release yourself from guilt: You will do the best you can, and that's all that is expected of you.
  • Research your community resources: Take the time to find a support group, an online chat line or a means of sharing with others.
  • Look into adult daycare: It's a creative way of getting both you and your loved one out of the house for a few hours.
  • Keep a journal: Writing your thoughts down or recording them on an audio tape can often help you evaluate your situation with a clearer eye.

Caregiving resources

Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Call to find the resources in your area, 1-800-677-1116.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 202-296-8130.
All states have local agencies.

National Alliance for Caregiving, 301-718-8444

Family Caregiver Alliance, 415-434-3388 (A California association)

Just a handful of the many Web sites dedicated to caregiving:

The Web site of California's Family Caregiver Alliance
The California Department of Aging
Certified Counselor Beverly Bigtree Murphy offers advice and moral support
The Web site of the National Family Caregivers Association
The Web site of the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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