Article contributed by Jeri Lensing and Angela Young, American Cancer Society patient navigators
Being a caregiver can mean seeing to the daily needs of a friend or loved one, but also may include taking on additional roles, including managing finances, home maintenance, child care, laundry, grocery shopping and meal preparation. The joy of caregiving can quickly become overwhelming. A caregiver may feel stress or become exhausted, which could also lead to potential health concerns. It is important that caregivers make time for themselves. Here are a few simple suggestions that are easy to implement and can be done on a daily basis.
It is important to remind yourself that you are part of a team in caring for your friend or loved one. It is not just your responsibility. It is acceptable to let other members take the lead and to rely on their help and guidance. And remember that by taking care of yourself you are also taking care of your friend or loved one.
For information relating to caregiving for the caregiver, caregiver support groups, relaxation, nutrition, or exercise classes, please contact your American Cancer Society patient navigator or visit www.cancer.org and click on treatment and support.
Connect with other caregivers online on Mayo Clinic Connect in the Caregivers Group.
Send an email to invite people you know to join the Cancer Education Center page.