Millions of Americans are caregivers for disabled or sick adults. Caring for loved ones is a loving and selfless task that requires a lot of time and attention. Caregiving requires sacrifices and increased responsibilities. Many caregivers ignore their own needs in their devotion to the care of their loved ones. This can lead to compassion fatigue, burnout, and health problems for caregivers.
At Haven Hospice, our mission is to provide comfort, care, and compassion to those we serve, which includes caregivers. Haven Hospice hosts Care for the Caregiver seminars as a community education outreach. Our speakers provide encouragement, address concerns, and offer ways caregivers can take care of themselves during this challenging time. This outreach service is at no cost to those who attend.
For more information on dates for this year, or to bring this outreach service to your organization, please contact us.
- Take care of yourself. It is important to take care of your own mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health.
- Rest whenever possible. Pace yourself. Let go of chores that are not necessary for now.
- Being a caregiver is stressful and it can affect your mood and energy level. Do what you can to reduce stress. Let others help you. Listen to favorite music, etc.
- Keep healthy foods around that need little or no preparation.
- Trust yourself and your caregiving.
- Talk with family, friends and/or Haven staff about what it is like for you to be a caregiver.