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Family Caregiver Toolbox

One of the challenges faced by those who have been called to care is taking good care of themselves. We understand why this can be difficult. You may feel that you do not have a right to tend to your own needs when your loved one is seriously ill or experiencing physical limitationsand then there are the other responsibilities that can place demands on your time, like a spouse, children or work. But to be an effective caregiver, you also need to take good care of yourself. If you neglect your own health, you run the risk of becoming ill and then not being able to care for your loved one. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. There is a reason why the flight attendants tell you to put on your oxygen mask first before assisting someone else. When your needs are taken care of, then the person you are caring for will benefit too. In other words, the care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved ones.

This toolkit was designed to help you manage caregiver stress and learn strategies to take better care of yourself by learning how to: