Caregiver Tips (cont.)
Take pride in your efforts. Being a caregiver is not easy, and those who do it are special. Following the tips for caregiving can help you feel good about yourself and the care you provide. Remember:
- Take care of yourself by exercising regularly, getting proper rest and nutrition, and having regular medical checkups. Taking care of yourself includes taking time off to take part in pleasant, nurturing activities.
- Help the person you care for to be as independent as possible.
- Recognize when you need extra help, and accept support from others. A helping hand at the right time can make all the difference.
Other Places To Get Help
|Family Caregiver Alliance|
|180 Montgomery Street|
|San Francisco, CA 94104|
|Web Address: ||www.caregiver.org|
This organization supports and assists people who are providing long-term care at home. It also provides education, research, services, and advocacy.
|National Family Caregiver Support Program|
|U.S. Department of Health and Human Services|
|Suite Administration on Aging|
|Washington, DC 20201|
|Phone: ||(202) 401-4634|
|Fax: ||(202) 357-3555|
|Web Address: ||www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/HCLTC/Caregiver/index.aspx|
This Web site is for caregivers and families. It offers many caregiving resources, including where to find help, ways to take care of others and yourself, how to join a caregiver support group, and more. There are links to information about and help for finding support services in your community.
|National Family Caregivers Association|
|10400 Connecticut Avenue|
|Kensington, MD 20895-3944|
|Fax: ||(301) 942-2302|
|Web Address: ||www.nfcacares.org|
The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) educates, supports, empowers, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships, and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.