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When It’s Time to Take Care of Those Who Took Care of You

A caregiver is someone who provides assistance to someone who is ill or disabled. This could be a nurse or a friend, but many caregivers are family members. Caregiving is a reality we must prepare for in order to give our loved ones the best care in their time of need. Many people needing this care are afflicted with mental illness including Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Managing these conditions can be a challenging, full-time job.

Concerning mental illness, it’s important to develop a plan to save you time and to give your loved one the most proper and efficient care possible.

  1. Make a list of strict, daily activities for every day of the week—this will be easier on you, save you time, and prevent your loved one from becoming agitated.
  2. For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia—continually explore and experiment to refine a solid routine.
  3. Plan activities to improve the person’s mood—make positive conversation, take a walk, and play a fun game to stimulate the mind.
  4. Most of all, your loved one should stay socially active—work with an outpatient clinic to help your loved one socialize with other people experiencing similar conditions.

When it’s time to give back the care that was once given to you, developing a plan like this can ease the stress of this enormous responsibility. Remember, this person you love needs your help, and it is up to you or a caretaker you choose to provide it. It’s time to give back the care that was once given to you.

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