Sunday, March 1, 2009

Tips For Caregivers Who Need Love Too

Care giving is physically and emotionally exhausting.  Lynn Hudson, my hairstylist, oversaw the last months of her mother's life.  This is what she shared with me about end of life care: 

1. Be conscious of burnout:  Enlist the help of family members and hired help.

2. Take advantage of all the aids to make the patient more comfortable.

3. Keep visitors on the premises for no longer than 10 minutes (it's easier on both the caregiver and the patient)

4. Know what to expect ahead of time.

5. Be aware that rituals may feel calming.  

Should you want to know more about this stage, consider asking therapists Rosemary Lichtman and Phyllis Goldberg.   

Or if you want to know everything you need to know about caregiving, visit