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Caregiver Ten Commandments

Caregiver Ten Commandments

I came across these Ten Commandments for Caregivers online.  The author is listed as unknown.  However, I felt that it was important to share with you dear readers. Caregiver Ten Commandments –Unknown I       Thou Shalt not be perfect or even try to be. II     Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people III    Thou shalt sometimes leave things undone IV    Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin V     Thou shalt learn to say “NO” VI   …

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7 Ways to find Caregiving Help without Breaking the Bank

7 Ways to find Caregiving Help without Breaking the Bank

Caregiving can be exhausting and we all need a break.  There is no way a person can be a caregiver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days.  If so they will become very isolated and depressed. But, when you live on a budget, where do you find caregivers to help without breaking the bank? Siblings—ask your siblings to step up to the plate and help out. Every family is different and depending on how many siblings…

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7 Ways to Get a Break from Caregiving

7 Ways to Get a Break from Caregiving

As a caregiver, often one can feel isolated and cut off from society.  You discover you need time for yourself and a break from caregiving. So what are some ways to reconnect with society and friends while also helping yourself? Go out to lunch or a cup of coffee with a friend—having time with a friend is much needed and is a great break from your duties, as well as catching up with others. Have a shopping date with a…

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7 Benefits of a Caregiver Support Group

7 Benefits of a Caregiver Support Group

Caregiving is stressful.  Each caregiver deals with the stress in different ways, but the one thing that is evident is that it takes a toil on the mind, spirit and often even the body. As an Activities Director I see this stress in a variety of different ways every day. So I searched for an answer and decided to start a support group. What are the benefits of a support group? A listening ear—we all need to vent and get…

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Pause, Praise and Pray

Pause, Praise and Pray

“I go to work to get away.”  A lady in the support group I lead admitted rather sheepishly. Caring for a loved one is very tiring and trying.  A loved one with Alzheimer’s, that needs constant supervision, is even more of a trial. Caregiving cannot be a lone support.  Don’t be afraid to admit you need help and to ask for it. We all need a break.  Whether it’s to work, to go shopping, to do something special for ourselves…

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3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown

3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown

Today, I am thrilled to welcome Kathleen Brown to Caregiving Monday.  She is going to share lessons she has learned from being an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.  This seemed very apropos today, because Wednesday is World Alzheimer’s Day.  Welcome, Kathleen!   3 Everyday Lessons for an Alzheimer’s Caregiver by Kathleen Brown I discovered Mom had Alzheimer’s during a September trip. September. Its flower is the forget-me-not; its gemstone, the sapphire. Sapphires were once associated with clear thinking. As I began caring for…

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We All Need Someone to Listen

We All Need Someone to Listen

Caregiving can be very trying at times and we all need someone to listen. We all need someone with whom we can share both our frustrations and the funny moments. Now that my grandmother is living with Mama, we discover the need to share and vent has become even more important. At least once a week, I’ll receive a text or call from Mama to share her conversations. Two of these sound something like the following: “It’s 6:30 and she’s…

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