Caring For The Caregiver Tips

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Should you bombard a new parent with everything at once?

Give It With Love

Do Not give the new parents any unwanted advice. Remember that they are still adjusting. If you have something to share, do it with love and understanding. Expect that it may hurt them to hear what you have to say. If they take your advice--great! If not, continue to give love and support. They will need it! Try giving the tip again later when it might be better accepted.

   
Is it important to take time for yourself?

Make The Time/Take The Time

Although it is not always possible to get away when you need to, it is always possible to escape for a few minutes with in your home. Remember that you cannot take care of anyone else if you dont take care of yourself first.

   
Am I selfish to want to take care of myself as well as my child?

Take Care Of You

Everyone deserves to enjoy life. If you have symptoms of depression that are not improving, seeking help is not a sign of weakness. Rather it can be a strong and positive vote for enjoying your life. Taking care of yourself is not selfish - far from it - it's a good example for the entire family.

This tip is brought to you by: By Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

   
How do I keep my caregiver in a good frame of mind?

Give Love

Alway give the caregiver plenty of love and understanding as they will need it also.

   
Do I deserve time alone in my role as a caregiver?

Time Alone

Loving your handicapped family member does not mean you will never want to be away from him. It`s not a prison, it`s a family. And as in any other family, the needs of each member must be respected, even the primary caregiver. Allow yourself some time and space and all your family will benefit, including your beloved patient.

   
Should we ever feel guilty for brining a special needs child to life?

A Special Touch

Sometimes in our darkest hour when no one seems to understand, when all the world seems to look down on your for bringing this beautiful child into this world, it is best to go to a collection of poems, written by mothers just like you to have your spirits lifted.

I found such a place at: Special Needs Poems.

Check them out for a really uplifting experience.

   
Is there something I can do to show that I care?

A Gift of Time

A wonderful gift to any caregiver would be your time. Make arrangements with them for their 'afternoon or day out'; take over their chores for one day so they can get relief...maybe buy them a ticket to a movie for that afternoon!

(This tip was contributed by: Jackie 'Micke' Jinks, Senior-tips Guru)

   
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