We Want to Help You Get A Much Needed Break
Families/Caregivers having a child with special needs often experience ongoing stress. Often all aspects of the family’s life is impacted by the child with special needs. Their unique requirements often overshadow other family members’ needs.
Caring for Yourself
You need to do the one thing you are already doing: give care. But the recipient is not, this time, the special needs individual. The recipient is you.
Others rely on you to put them first. But if you don’t take care of yourself and that heart of yours, you won’t be here to care for or love the people who rely on you.
Tips for Caregiver Success
It’s time for a heart-to-heart about the health of your heart, courtesy of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Family Caregivers Association.
Take charge of your life. Don’t let your loved one’s condition always take center stage.
Love, honor and value yourself. You’re doing a very hard job; you deserve quality time just for you.
Watch for signs of depression; get professional help sooner rather than later.
When people offer to help, say yes! Prioritize and delegate when people ask what they can do.
Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition. Being prepared for unexpected situations is empowering.
Be open to new technologies and ideas that promote your loved one’s independence and help you do your job more easily.
Trust your instincts. Most of the time they’ll lead you in the right direction.
If you feel like you are close to losing your temper take a moment to slow down and breathe.
Live in the moment. Embrace the good days and let go of the bad ones.
Connect with people who share similar struggles. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
Connect with us, we are here to help advise you and show you that you are not alone.