It is important for caregivers to take care of themselves FIRST. Remember, you cannot take care of your loved one if you don’t take care of yourself. Below are the Commandments for Caregivers, used with permission, from Dr. Pamela Tronetti, DO, a Geriatrician and Medical Director of the Parrish Senior Consultation Center in Titusville, Florida.
Thou shalt not set impossible standards for thyself.
Thou shalt make thine own health a priority.
Thou shalt learn to say, “No, I can’t fit that into my schedule right now.”
Thou shalt learn to say, “Yes, I could use some help.”
Thou shalt refuse to feel guilty about not doing enough.
Thou shalt see options like day care and paid help as a victory, not a defeat.
Thou shalt lie down in bed for eight hours a night.
Thou shalt eat healthy meals, exercise and take a break.
Thou shalt seek advice from wise counselors and follow their guidance.
Thou shalt know that ye are not alone.