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What could happen to my physical state as a caregiver?

What could happen to my physical state as a caregiver?

Caregiver drain: This can be both physical or emotional. It is important to take care of yourself, so you can continue to care for those you love. Make sure and get enough sleep, give yourself breaks, and try to keep things in perspective. It is important to tell the patient's physician about barriers you are encountering, as they may be able to recommend support services or medical interventions. ...Read more

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How can I cope with the physical challenges of being a caregiver?

How can I cope with the physical challenges of being a caregiver?

Physical therapists!: A physical therapist can show you show to safely help with transfers and other physically demanding activities--be sure to get help to avoid injuring yourself. Also, getting enough rest for yourself is really important. ...Read more

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How can caregivers manage their physical health?

Get help: Seriously! No one can do everything, no matter how much we try. Something's gonna give and inevitably it's our health. So caregivers can best provide care if and only if they get help so that they can manage their own physical & emotional health. Sometimes that means that family members hire a non-family member to provide care so that family member can act as a family member rather than caregiver. ...Read more

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What could stop me from being a caregiver?

Caregiver stress: Stress can be a serious matter in a caregiver. If you experience some of these signs , you should call your doctor soon. .•anger •social withdrawalanxietydepressionexhaustion •sleeplessness •irritability •lack of concentration ignoring them can cause you physical and mental health problems. However with adequate support and education you can cope succesfully with them. ...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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How can I find caregiver support?

How can I find caregiver support?

Caregiver exhaustion: Your local newspaper or hospital should be able to provide you with local caregiver support groups list and meetings calendar. ...Read more

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What does caregiver syndrome mean?

What does caregiver syndrome mean?

Caregiver Breakdown : Usually occurs when a caregiver (cg), usually family, provide hands on care for a prolonged period of time. The cg is usually the only person caring for the family member/client and may have little or no breaks during this time. The client usually requires significant hands on care. The cg can become resentful, which can lead to guilt and other emotions. Worse case scenario abuse may occur. ...Read more