Caregivers do just that all day long. They give and give, but often get too busy to realize what they can and should be doing for themselves. As a caregiver, you may start to get to know and to become friends with other caregivers who are in similar situations to your own. You can each find ways to help care for each other.

Swap Stories with Other Caregivers

So often caregivers are isolated and alone. They’re left to deal with their own situation completely on their own and it can take a toll on their physical and emotional health. When you reach out to other caregivers and encourage them to share their stories with you, you may learn a great deal more about caregiving. You also have a chance to share your stories with them, which can be just as important.

Ask What You Can Do to Help Out

As a caregiver, you know what it’s like to not have help. That also puts you in a position to know how to help. When you’re running out to the grocery store or to the pharmacy, ask if you can pick up anything for someone else. Although on the surface it sounds like you’re adding to your task load, it might not be as bad as you think. And you’re lightening the load for someone else who may one day be in a position to do the same for you.

Trade Time Away with Another Caregiver

When you get to know other caregivers, you can handle some tasks for them, but you might be able to do more, too. Some caregivers don’t have other family members who can help or they’re not comfortable yet hiring elder care providers. But you can help them to see the value of taking time away. You might not be able to devote as much time as you’d like to this but ask your friends who are caregivers if they’d like to trade off time away. Both of your seniors might enjoy an activity together or you might have some extra time of your own. This can be an incredible way to share with another caregiver how vital it is to have some down time.

You’re in a unique situation as your elderly family member’s caregiver. You know what it’s like to give care and to have needs that may not be met. Other caregivers can be some of your best friends on this journey through caregiving.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN MOORESVILLE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.