November is Family Caregiver Month.
When you are giving elder care, it just may the hardest thing you’ll ever do. Whether you’re caring for your elderly parent, your spouse or another family member it can be hard.
And when they are ill or in pain, it can be much more difficult.
It may also be the best thing you’ve ever done.
You can give of yourself and your love to someone you love. Hopefully someone who loved you in the past…even if she or he cannot express that love now.
What’s the biggest challenge family caregivers face?
Probably everyone will answer that question differently. There’s no right or wrong answer. I’d love to read your answer in the comments.
Having seen caregiving as a professional and a family caregiver, my vote is for recognizing the need and finding a way to care for yourself. Caregivers get so caught up in taking care of others, they forget to care for themselves. Or can’t find the time.
And can easily miss the warning signs of stress in themselves. And as a result, caregivers have higher risks of infections, illness and even dying.
Due to the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual stresses of caregiving.
Caregivers ARE GIVERS. And many need to learn that they may just need to care for themselves before they can care for someone else.
Do you agree?
What’s your biggest problem as a caregiver?
Can you make even one small step towards meeting that problem this month?
Family caregiver month is a GREAT time to think about your problem – and find a solution!
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To your healthy and happy caregiving and knitting,
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”