Caregiving Tips

  • Taking breaks-making time to focus on you is very important. You can schedule a certain day/time or take time when you have the opportunity. Spend the time with family or friends, do a hobby you enjoy or just having quiet time alone is fine too.
  • Prioritize- housekeeping, rest and exercise. Creating a healthy balance between caring for your loved one and caring for yourself.
  • Support group- finding a place you can talk about your feelings and share experience and feed back with other caregivers.
  • Accept support from others- know when to ask for help and accept help from those who offer.
  • Focus on the positive- try to begin each day with a positive outlook and reflect on the day; try to think of one good moment in the day.
  • Be flexible with your expectations or set new ones that you can achieve.
  • Talk about things you enjoy, try not to always talk about care giving.
  • Humor-find something to laugh about; keeping your sense of humor is important.

Warning Signs - When is it time for help?

  • When you feel good enough just doesn't feel good enough.
  • When the feeling of enduring all tasks and responsibilities alone.
  • When you feel the idea of respite, even for a brief moment does not exist.
  • Providing care to your loved one is a major part of your daily routine or takes your entire day.
  • Family relationships start to feel stressful and there is tension due to pressure of care giving
  • Caregiving is interfering with your personal, social and work life
  • You feel that you are doing everything, not allowing anyone in to assist or help.
  • Refusing to focus on you for fear of feeling selfish.
  • Destructive coping mechanisms-such as over/under eating, taking it out on loved ones, using drugs or alcohol.
  • Happy times do not exist for you, resentment and exhaustion have taken over and you no longer feel good about yourself or what you are doing.

Central Wyoming Hospice & Transitions can provide you with:

  • Information about services we offer, including support group days and times.
  • Educational training in techniques such as transfers, nutrition, dressing, etc.
  • Trained volunteers to offer support and respite to you and your loved one.
  • Assistance with making decisions regarding health care, advance directives, Power of Attorney.
  • A safe place to express your feeling about caring for your loved one, through private counseling or support groups.
  • Assistance with finding other resources within the community that can provide support.
  • A supportive, trusting environment for you, your family and your loved ones.