CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER

The caregiver is of vital importance to a patient's wellness, treatment, and recovery.  We frequently update this page with important insights and resources for caregivers.

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, about a third of caregivers in the United States are at least 65-years old.  TMC psychologist, Abbey Gripka, Ph.D. says it’s essential for those caregivers to also care for themselves.  Here’s how:

1. SET BOUNDARIES

Time away from the person you’re caring for is important. “Often times you can set up those boundaries, letting the person know you’re not ‘being away’ because you don’t love them, but that sometimes you need to step away and that’s actually a really healthy thing,” explains Dr. Gripka.

2. SCHEDULE A TIME OUT

Have a weekly appointment for yourself. Go shopping, exercise, enjoy nature. Scheduling our time out allows you to have another caretaker in place.

3. THE BASICS

Make sure you’re taking time to eat well, to sleep and to exercise. Making your own wellness a priority is key in having the strength to care for someone else. 

RESOURCES:

Caregiver Resources:

AARP: (Also has a link for caregiver resources in Spanish)
https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/?intcmp=AE-CAR-LRS-IL

Alzheimer’s Association:
www.alzheimers.gov

National Institute on Aging: Tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s:
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/alzheimers/caregiving

National Alliance for Caregiving:
www.caregiving.org

Veteran’s Administration
www.caregiver.va.gov

 

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