Being responsible for another's daily care is time-consuming, stressful and often exhausting. The physical, mental and emotional demands can affect your own physical and mental health.
Providing effective and compassionate care depends on how well you take care of yourself. Having your own support system and taking good care of yourself is a critical key to your success as a caregiver.
Here are things you can do to keep "caregiver overload" from happening to you:
Above all, be good to yourself. Taking care of someone you love through an illness doesn't have to be stressful and exhausting. If you take good care of yourself, taking care of your loved one may also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life
Transitions is a community program from Benton Hospice Service designed to help individuals and families live well with a serious, life-limiting illness. Transitions is for those who are either not ready for, or not appropriate for, hospice care.