Thursday, February 12, 2015

3 rules for new caregivers

Knowing when to take a break for a calming activity such as reading or walking is crucial.

If you suddenly find yourself in a caregiving role, remember these three basic tips.

New Caregiver Rule #1: Recognize when you are overwhelmed and take a break. Take a walk or read a book, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.

New Caregiver Rule #2: Always have resources and know who to go to for help. If you run into a situation you are unfamiliar with, you will have those resources to look to for guidance.

New Caregiver Rule #3: Take advantage of any ongoing caregiving education or workshops in the community.

Source: Heather Downs, RN and unit manager, Friendship Manor

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