Taking a Breath: Care for the caregiver

October 14, 2014

Elderly care demands much from caregivers, but Alzheimer’s and dementia patients require a unique care commitment from everyone in their care path. If you are one of these caregivers, you may be putting your own needs on the back burner due to lack of time, energy, or even feelings of guilt. Take a deep breath. It’s time to give a little back to yourself so you can be the caregiver your patient truly needs.

Keep yourself healthy.

Meeting basic needs like eating well, staying hydrated throughout the day and getting exercise help you to handle the demands of an Alzheimer’s patient with more stamina and patience.

Connect with other caregivers.

Support groups like those offered by the Alzheimer’s Association can be a great outlet for sharing coping methods, perspectives and creative ideas for ongoing care. The experienced teams at retirement communities like Doverwood Village can also be a reliable source for answers and advice.

Learn ways to make your job easier.

Educate yourself, family members and friends about the illness and its effects. We all work toward the common goal of independent living, but as the behaviors and abilities of these patients’ declines over time, caregivers must ensure they are at the top of their game.

Be proactive about planning for the future.

Doverwood Village is an assisted living community that supports family members and caregivers who deal with the overwhelming responsibilities of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. As the needs of your loved one change, research your choices. Talk with professionals who can guide you through the options for long-term nursing care including places like Doverwood Village and our centers for independent living, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and memory-assisted care.

Your ability to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia starts with your own health and well-being. Contact us today at (513) 777-1400 to ask questions, seek advice, or to start planning for the future. 

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