what is a caregiver?
We provide care for the physical and emotional needs of
our Caring Heart family members
Who Are We?
A caregiver or carer is a member of a person's social network who helps them with activities of daily living. Caregiving is most commonly used to address impairments related to old age, disability, a disease, or a mental disorder.
Caregiving involves establishing effective emotional boundaries, setting reasonable limits on your work, and developing a certain amount of loving detachment from your family member's ongoing health condition. Caregivers today serve as a medical advocate for the person in their care.
What kinds of care do we provide?
Typical duties of a caregiver might include taking care of someone who has a chronic illness or disease; managing medications or talking to doctors and nurses on someone's behalf; helping to bathe or dress someone who is frail or disabled; or taking care of household chores, meals, or bills for someone who cannot do these things alone.
With an increasingly aging population in all developed societies, the role of caregiver has been increasingly recognized as an important one, both functionally and economically. Many organizations which provide support for persons with disabilities have developed various forms of support for carers as well.
HOW TO AVOID CAREGIVER BURNOUT
Writing down how you're feeling and what's happening in your life helps with your emotional stress.
Talking to someone helps clear up wavering emotions. Don't forget about the people who are there for you.
Sometimes, caregivers take on more than they can handle. Reach out for help when you feel that the task is too much. Don't be afraid to ask.
Don't disregard your emotional and physical health. Be sure that you are able to help yourself before you can help others. Take a break to ease your mind until you're ready to provide your best care!
Take a deep breath and a step back. Clear your mind, meditate, then figure out what you need to do and organize your mind to fulfill your tasks.
Organize your personal life first from daily tasks, chores, errands, meetings, etc. But don't stress about the amount of tasks! Instead, list them down and do each one-by-one.
Understand what your caregiver duties are. Learn about your loved one's condition. Try to understand and emphasize with their emotions. Understanding what you're dealing with may help you set your own limits and reasonable goals.
It is easy to forget your self-care while taking care of a loved one. Make time for eating well, exercising and sleeping.
You may feel overwhelmed, so take time and spend time with the people you love as well.