Aside from causing major stress, caregiving can be overwhelming for many reasons, and caregivers often feel unprepared for the stressful situations they are forced into on a daily basis.
Luckily, alz.org has a handy guide for new and in-experienced caregivers. The guide can be broken down into four sections:
1. Get moving
2. See the doctor
3. Eat well
4. Tips to cope
You can see some tips on coping below, but the full guide, and much more information for caregivers and patients is available at :
FIVE TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE
The care you give does make a difference, but many behaviors can't be controlled. Grieve the losses, focus on positive times as they arise, and enjoy good memories.
Give yourself credit, not guilt.
It's normal to lose patience or feel like your care may fall short sometimes. You're doing the best you can.
Take a break.
It's normal to need a break from caregiving duties. No one can do it all by themselves. Look into respite care to allow time to take care of yourself.
Eventually your loved one will need more intensive kinds of care. Research care options now so you are ready for the changes as they occur.