Family Caregiver Holiday Stress Reliever - Preparing for the Doctor Visit

 

Many families find themselves taking their loved ones to the doctor during the busy holiday season. The stress of the holidays can make an already difficult situation even harder. However, it is important to remain hopeful and remember that self-care is key. By taking care of yourself, you can be better equipped to support your loved one.  

 

Getting out of the house 

A visit to the doctor can rank pretty high on the frustration scale, for you and your loved one alike.

First, getting your loved one up and out of the house can be a monumental task, requiring maybe two or even more hours. It’s even more challenging when the loved one needs complete assistance with hygiene and dressing.

Then there’s finding parking for the doctor’s office, the test site, the hospital outpatient facility, or physical therapy - whatever.

Does your loved one need the toilet during the visit? This challenge is magnified in the cold winter months because of the...

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Family caregiver tip: 5 Steps To Help Your Loved One’s Doctor Lower Your Holiday Stress - Part 2

The holidays can be a difficult time for family caregivers.

When you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, it can be easy to forget about taking care of yourself.

This holiday season, make sure you take the time to practice self-care and reduce your stress levels. This is Part 2 of a two-part blog post to help you do just that – to prepare a strategy to reduce your holiday sress.  

Part 1. In the last post, Part 1, I focused on Steps 1 and 2. Step 1 - the five caregiver roles and Step 2 - identifying which role challenges you most. 

I called attention to how important it is for you to know the five roles that make up your scope of responsibilities. After that, you identify which role you're struggling with most right now so you can better manage your time, energy and resources.

Part 2. In this post, Part 2,  I will discuss Steps 3 through 5. In Step 3 you visualize your best caregiving life where you give your best care for your loved one in...

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Family caregiver tip: 5 Steps to Help Your Loved One’s Doctor Lower Your Holiday Stress - Part 1

The holidays can be a difficult time for family caregivers.

When you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, it can be easy to forget about taking care of yourself.

This holiday season, make sure you take the time to practice self-care and reduce your stress levels.

Note: If you are already experiencing these problems, you need help NOW.

  1. Do I feel like I am constantly juggling competing demands and never have enough time for myself?
  2. Do I feel guilty when I take time for myself or do things that are not related to caregiving?
  3. Am I having difficulty sleeping or eating properly because I am so stressed?
  4. Do I find myself snapping at my loved ones or feeling angry and resentful more often than not?
  5. Do I feel like I am in over my head and not sure how to handle everything?

Taking care of yourself is not selfish—it is essential to being able to care for your loved one in a sustainable way.

 

Plan for success

The holidays merely intensify the challenges you already face. So,...

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Family Caregivers - Why the Holidays May Be Bad for Your Health

Is this your story? 

“Oh no! The holidays are here already!

Commercials, ads, Amazon feeds, emails flooding my inbox...how can I forget?

I’m not ready yet. Too much going on. I’ve got year-end pressures at work. Then there's the kids' school holiday activities, parties and ceremonies. 

And that’s on top of mom’s care. Right now she’s doing ok. But what if her heart gets worse right in the middle of everything? I don’t have any PTO left. I certainly can't afford to spend all day and night in the emergency room just so they can send her home again, like last time, saying they found no reason to keep her in the hospital.

What about all the cooking? Celebrations are at our house this year. It’s my turn, and I promised. I wish I had more help with mom. I'm not getting much from my siblings: my sister Anne lives out of state, my brother Jim has his own problems, and my other sister Kate is just getting over surgery herself. It...

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