There are many ways to provide care for a loved one, all take time, love, devotion and energy. Caregivers are sometimes hard to spot as many do not identify as such. Anyone who provides assistance with activities of daily living for someone else is a caregiver.

All caregivers deserve our gratitude and respect. It is often a lonely, isolating experience that can deplete them of their own health. Many find it is hard to take care of their own needs because they do not have enough time or energy after caring for the needs of their loved one.

Here are some basic reminders to keep yourself healthy so you can provide great care for your loved one:

  • Eat a well- balanced diet.
  • Talk with someone every day, someone other than your care recipient.
  • Give yourself permission to have a good cry; tears aren’t a weakness, they
    reduce tension.
  • Exercise and get adequate rest.
  • Regularly attend one or more support groups and/or education workshops.
  • Consider hiring an agency or asking a family member to provide respite from your caregiver duties so you can take a break.

In Calhoun County, there are several supportive resources for caregivers. If you need assistance in finding one that fits you, start by calling CareWell Services to request information about caregiver classes and groups. Call 269-441-0930 for more information.

Heritage Commons also offers support for caregivers. Membership offers a variety of activities for socialization and fun. We also host a monthly Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support group that meets the first Wednesday of each month at 4pm. Call 1-800-272-3900 for
information. For more information about membership at Heritage Commons, call 269-558-6150. We’d love for you to join us!

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