Stroke Connection Magazine often has articles that are so beneficial for Caregivers.  Here are some tips from thier article in the November 2010 issue.  Subscribe

  • Take stock of your abilities, needs and concerns.  Ask yourself: Am I able to be a caregiver?
  • Ask yourself what you need to do tomorrow, next week, next month and next year to get through this illness.  If the time frame is too large, make smaller time assessments of your needs.
  • Determine if your loved one understands and accepts the demands of the illness.
  • Develop a care coaching team – and make a list.  Include doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, financial advisors, attorneys, family members and friends.  Make sure the list includes phone numbers and e-mail addre3sses and is never far from your phone.
  •  Learn to laugh at the little things.  Time is precious.
  •  Find time to talk, cry, laugh, discover, give, take, inspire, hope and dream
  • Protect your own health.  That means eating a good diet and getting regular physical activity and respite care.  Get the sleep you need and visit your doctor regularly.
  • De-stress:  Implement stress reduction techniques such as exercise, massage, meditation, journaling or support group.
  • Make sure your hoe is set up to provide safe care.
  •  Use appropriate technology, such as smart phones, medication reminders, life alerts, drop-foot therapeutic devises.
  •  Know your limits and set appropriate boundaries.