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5 Steps to Help You in Your Caregiving Journey
AARP - Tips for Family Caregivers: Caring for YOU
1. Start the Conversation
No one should try to approach the responsibilities of caregiving alone. While other family members are likely sources of support, don’t overlook friends, colleagues, clubs or religious and other organizational affiliations as resources too.
5 Steps to Help You In Your Caregiving Journey
Many people wait until a crisis occurs before they talk about their values and preferences, wishes for health care or details of their finances. If you wait until a fall, accident, or serious diagnosis, big decisions may be driven by assumptions.
No matter where you are in your journey of family caregiving, having a good framework to help guide both you and your loved one will make the process easier. Here are five important steps to consider.
2. Form Your Team
Putting together a family caregiving plan now will help you respond more quickly and effectively should the need arise. It can also provide some peace of mind. A plan helps everyone get on the same page and keeps the focus on what’s best for your loved one.
3. Make a Plan
4. Find Support
Many issues may arise during your caregiving experience that require additional information and resources. Don’t hesitate to reach out to organizations and professionals with experience in helping family caregivers.
As a family caregiver, it’s easy to forget about your own needs. Keeping up your energy and maintaining your health are critical in order to care for others. It’s just as important to make a plan to take care of yourself as it is to create a caregiving plan for others.
5. Care for Yourself
Nice try, but remember there are many groups you can turn to for caregiving support
Learn how to start a caregiving conversation by watching our interactive video
"Starting a Family Caregiving Conversation"
"in-person CAREversations event"
in your community
Great job! These groups are all great sources of support
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