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As caregiver for an elderly relative, how can I make time for myself just to be alone?

As caregiver for an elderly relative, how can I make time for myself just to be alone?

Caregiver: Don't feel guilty to have time for yourself. You need to nap, rest, walk alone. The best time to be alone is when you meditate. ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Caregiving (Definition)

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Whose fault is it if a strong-willed elderly person refuses to follow doctor advice and has bad problem? Her kids or caregivers?

Whose fault is it if a strong-willed elderly person refuses to follow doctor advice and has bad problem? Her kids or caregivers?

? fault: Patients are free to make their own medical decisions as long as they are fully capable of understanding the risks, benefits and alternatives and the potential harm that can happen to not following medical advice. Medical treatment cannot be forced upon a patient that is competent to make their own medical decisions. ...Read more

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How can I handle my anger as a caregiver?

How can I handle my anger as a caregiver?

Many ways: Exercise. Getting out for short breaks. Church and prayer. Have a friend come and visit. Look into agencies to handle care part of the time. Consider paying someone to help. Even a few hours a week can be the make the difference in your stress level. ...Read more

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Where can I find support as a caregiver for the mentally ill?

Where can I find support as a caregiver for the mentally ill?

Http://www.nami.org/: Check the internet for organizations dedicated to any particular mental, illness you may try to start with.... http://www.nami.org/. ...Read more

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Why would feel guilty as a caregiver?

Why would   feel guilty as a caregiver?

Common: Guilt is a common emotion experienced by caregivers. It can include feelings that one could have done more, should have known better, would have done differently in retrospect etc. You must take care of yourself as well. Look for support information here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/caregivers.Html. ...Read more

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How can prayer help me as a caregiver?

Absolutely: A recent conchrane reveiw on prayer andsurgery failed to conclude that prayer can improve medical outcomes, however, there is evidence that it can affect you as a care giver and the relationship you have with patients. Read the article in the american journal of surgery march 2011 on this topic (there is a link on my profile). ...Read more

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What are steps I can take to manage my emotions as a caregiver?

What are steps I can take to manage my emotions as a caregiver?

Heal Thyself: This is a great question. Before you can effectively care for others you must first care for yourself. Lack of patience, stress and resentment with others usually stems from an inability to self manage these emotions with yourself. Permit venting in a personal "time out" and then return with a fresh perspective. Never harber ill will with yourself as it will always carry over to others. ...Read more

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What happens when a solo caregiver gets ill?

What happens when a solo caregiver gets ill?

Support system: This really speaks to why having a support system in place is important when providing care for someone. Being a sole caregiver sometimes leads to taking less care of yourself, and then increases your chance of getting sick. Plan ahead by having a support system in place. If you're already sick look for other resources-ask your church, doctor's office, community agency for help. ...Read more

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Describe the features of disability needing a caregiver.?

Care giver: In most instances this comes down to one's ability to perform activities of daily living (nutrition, hygiene, etc) as well as ambulation or transfers. If one is not able to perform these basic functions, a care giver (part of full time is needed). ...Read more

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How will my emotions affect my care as a caregiver?

Positively,hopefully: Your emotions as a caregiver can help or get in the way. They are your own and should not burden those you give care to. If feelings are stirred by those you are caring for don't let those feelings get in the way of giving the best possible care you can give. Negative emotions are yours to solve outside that relationship. Positive emotions are shown by the care you give. Words are not needed. ...Read more

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