You, the Caregiver, are very
Few people are prepared for the
responsibilities and tasks involved in caring for the aged. To help
make the task easier, it is important to have a game plan in life
which helps determine where we are headed and how we are going to
get there. This guide will help to serve as a road map which gives
optional paths for caregivers.
It is also an emphatic reminder that
those who care for other people can do a better job of care-giving
if time and attention also are given to their own personal needs. It
can not be stated strongly enough; the caregiver is a very important
part of the care-giving equation.
The success of this equation and
the continuance of its success is actually dependent on how well the
caregiver cares for him/herself. In other words, if the caregiver
becomes ill, who will care for the care-receiver? Before you get to
that place, please read this handbook.
This handbook explores a number of
different topics which can make the role of caregiver easier, and at
the same time, help the person receiving the care. Throughout this
handbook, care-giving refers to the person giving care, and care-receiver
the elderly person receiving the care.
Here are two checklists, one
focusing on the care-receiver and the other on the
are included as general guidelines to help insure an optimal level
of health, safety and comfort for both your care-receiver and
yourself, the caregiver.