Family and professional caregivers, it’s back to Square One for a refresher…
What is the first tip for caregivers?
Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s disease or illness so that you know what to expect.
If you don’t know what to expect while caring for your or another’s loved one, you’ll be driving blind. Can you imagine getting in your car in a busy parking lot and driving with your eyes closed?
How far will you get, safely?
It’s the same with caregiving.
How far will you get as a caregiver if you aren’t familiar with the road ahead?
You won’t even make it out of the parking lot!
Learn as much as you can
about your loved one’s disease or illness
so you know what to expect.
Read as much as you can. Ask questions of other caregivers and professionals. Participate in support groups in person or online. Attend community-sponsored education gatherings.
I decided to write more about this tip after mentioning it on Twitter at
#HAChat on . Since then it’s been retweeted and favorited a number of times:
In fact, the first KEY Caregiver TIP is: Know as much as you can about your loved one’s disease or illness to know what to expect.
AND a BONUS: Short answers to three Caregiver questions regarding dementia:
- How long will it last?
As little as a year and a half to as many as twenty-five.
- It is Alzheimer’s or something else, like vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, or??
Make an appointment with a geriatric physician who specializes in diseases of the elderly–even if you suspect dementia in a younger person.
- What is SunDowning?
The antsy behavior that starts late in the afternoon as the sun sets and your loved one starts wandering or grows agitated in other ways.
For more information on these and related questions search these terms: caregiving, caregiver, Caregiver TIPS, dementia, Alzheimer, wandering