Are you a caregiver or a family member taking care of your loved one? The position of being a caregiver comes with many challenges that we can help you with. Hospice of Southern Illinois provides assistance, guidance, and support to caregivers helping another individual with a terminal illness. You are not in this alone and there is help. One of the most important rules for the caregiver is to take care of yourself too.
- Eat Right – the patient may not have an appetite or may not want to eat “good, well-balanced” meals, but you should.
- Get Some Rest – if you become worn down and exhausted, you won’t be in any condition to care for the patient. Have others take a night or two with your loved one. Sleep when your loved one sleeps. Try to nap when they nap.
- Take a Break – sometimes you just need to get away. Even if it’s only for a couple of hours, do it. You are working very hard. You deserve a little “down-time” too!
- Respite Care – a social worker is available to explain and coordinate options for respite care. This is helpful when needing a short break from caregiving, planning, medical emergencies, and day-to-day activities. If more caregiving assisted is needed overall, the social worker can educate you about your options.
It’s ok to ask for help. Call Hospice of Southern Illinois at 800-233-1708 and find out how we can help you as you care for your loved one’s needs. We want to support you. You can also find several free resources right here on our website, click here.