Thursday, October 7, 2010

Family Caregivers Deserve A Pay Raise

As we approach the new rules of healthcare reform let us remember Caregivers are vital to ALS.  Until you are recognized as a genuine asset by healthcare providers, please follow these Caregiver Tips.

  •  Caregiving is a job and respite is your earned right. Reward yourself with respite breaks often.
  •  Watch out for signs of depression, and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it.
  •  When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
  •  Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  •  There’s a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence.
  •  Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction.
  •  Caregivers often do a lot of lifting, pushing, and pulling. Be good to your back.
  •  Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
  •  Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
  •  Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen.

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