Your job as a caregiver can be physically and emotionally draining. Many caregivers often neglect their own personal needs while they focus on their loved one. While your job as a caregiver is important, you also need to take care of yourself in order to properly care for your loved one. Here are some tips to help you and those you care for stay safe and healthy.
• Take time to learn about your family member’s condition and special needs requirements.
• Talk to health care providers and other professionals who work with families with special needs.
• Understand the needs of you and your family, and work together to make good choices about housing, schools, health services, and more.
• Be aware of signs of emotional or physical abuse. Notice how others care for the person with special needs.
• Join a local or online support group.
• Search for local and national groups that provide services, recreation, and information for families with special needs.
• Find out about local, state, federal, or other programs that may be available.
Information source: CDC.gov
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