It is essential for a caregiver to continue doing the things they love, whether it is reading, going to a movie, painting or playing an instrument. A caregiver must always remember to acknowledge their feelings and needs too. Caregivers must do what it takes to keep themselves, happy, healthy and well prepared for the tough but rewarding job of caregiver.
Family Caregiver's Credo
- - Take it one day at a time
- - Accept your limitations and ask for help when you need it
- - Don't feel guilty for any negative feelings
- - Make a daily routine and stick to it
- - Take time for yourself every day
- - Maintain a sense of humour
- - Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat a healthy diet
- - See your doctor if you recognize symptoms of depression or anxiety
- - Take advantage of local support groups
Books and More....
The Canadian Family Guide to Stroke
Contact the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Calgary for your copy
Living With Stroke: A Guide for Families
By: Richard Senelick M.D.
Living With Stroke: A Guide for Families, Help and New Hope for All Those Touched by Stroke
By: Karla Doughterty
The Comfort of Home for Stroke: A Guide for Caregivers
Viewed in the USA as the "bible" for caregivers.
A Caregivers Guide to Stroke Recovery
Information on all aspects of caregiving
Caregiver's Support Group Alberta
Full of resources
Family Guidance Read teenager Mackenzie Shaheen's "Guidance for the Family" that she has written in response to her father's massive stroke in 2007.
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