Take Care of the Caregiver

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The statistics on informal/unpaid caregivers is staggering. In a 2015 report, the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP shared, “Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid (informal)care to an adult or child in the last 12 months.”

After viewing a compilation of reports, a snapshot of informal caregiver traits are:

· A large portion are female

· Over the age of 45, some are Seniors themselves

· Married

· An average of 60% work outside the home, whether full time or part time while caregiving

· Provide an average of 21 hours of care per week

· 16% describe their own health as fair or poor

As a health care advocate, we at Cardinal Institute for Health Careers desire for all caregivers, whether informal/unpaid of formal (paid) caregivers to “Take care of the caregiver”.

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As caregivers, we tend to neglect ourselves, we must realize this is not only dangerous to our own health but to the person receiving care. What will the person receiving care do if you become ill and are no longer able to care for them? With this thought in mind, we share the following “Take care of the Caregiver” Tips:

· Get Proper Rest and Sleep: Understand rest and sleep are not the same

· Proper Nutrition for yourself

· Have a confident to share your feelings with

· Accept help when offered

· Exercise regularly: Even if only a 5-10-minute walk

· Plan ahead, yet have a backup plan

· Plan respite time for yourself

· Join a support group for caregivers (such as the VCC: Virginia Caregiver Coalition or NFCSP: National Family Caregiver Support Program)

As a caregiver, caring for our loved one is our top priority. However, we must realize proper caregiving for our loved ones includes proper care for oneself. Remember:

Take Care of the Caregiver”

Cardinal Institute for Health Careers #CIHC is located in South Stafford at 150 Riverside Parkway Suite 211. You can learn more on our website: www.cihealthcareers.com. You can also follow us on Facebook: @cihcareers.


Reference: Caring for the Caregiver

Accessed at: https://www.slideshare.net/KathyWetters/caring-for-the-caregiver-55113024

Accessed on: July 11, 2018

Reference Photo One: Caregiver and Elderly Person

Accessed at: https://www.theafronews.com/health-home/the-real-costs-of-informal-caregiving-in-canada/

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Reference Photo Two: Caregiver Graphic from My Sick Liver website

Accessed at: http://mysickliver.weebly.com/caregivers-families--friends.html

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Reference Photo Three: Take Care of the Caregiver JPEG

Created by: Cardinal Institute for Health Careers

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