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Tips for care givers

Posted Nov 24 2009 12:00am

Sonya Mittelman, founder and principal attorney
The Law Office of Sonya Mittelman

Tips for the Caregivers

As we all age, we are facing the inevitable.   Many of you are probably dealing with caring for your parent or other loved one. . As one who   has recently experienced this, I can offer some advice.  Here are my nuggets;

  • Just call to say you love him/her
  • Know thyself and what you can handle and do what you can do without comparing to others
  • Prepare yourself emotionally
  • Help the person prepare emotionally and practically
  • Care for the caregiver, if that is you, care for yourself
  • Talk with family, early and often for the purpose of deciding which family will do what or  if professionals should be hired but do not set this in stone.  Changes in the person’s condition and /or the lives of the family will create the need for reevaluation
  • Continue your life as best as you can

Make sure to have interactions with other family members that do not just deal with care giving.

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