Read these 7 Caring For The Caregiver Tips tips to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. Each tip is approved by our Editors and created by expert writers so great we call them Gurus. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Handicap tips and hundreds of other topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)