Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Caring for the Caregiver


There is a huge amount of people in our community who are in a caregiving role.

It can be parents, foster parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, looking after ageing parents, looking after special needs children, dealing with sick family members and friends, people who do paid work in a caregiver role and many more.

As a caregiver, we tend to give a huge amount of ourselves to those who we care for.  Sometimes it can be a balancing act to look after our own families and care for others as well. 

Caregiving is a huge role, and such an important role in the health and mental well being of those who we love and those in our community.

The selfless role that caregivers take on often leaves the caregiver themselves feeling very depleted and worn out with no energy. It is so important to take time out for yourself if you are in one of these roles. 

Often people just keep on going until a crisis point comes about, and then decisions need to be made in haste and often made without feeling very resourceful.

It is so important to factor in time for yourself, time to get away and recharge your batteries.  Often if the caregiver can't keep doing what they are doing, there is such a huge domino effect and a negative spiral. 

The timeout can sometimes seem selfish, however, it is imperative if you are in an ongoing caregiving role.

If you are in a caregiving role, search out what resources our community has to offer to support you. Maybe start with a chat with the doctor.


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