We have written so many articles for full-time and family caregivers. However, this is the very first one targeting people around them. The act of caring for caregivers is often neglected. We must have in mind: they are not Supermen and they are probably struggling to organize their life. Anxiety and stress are quite common among caregivers. We not only need to acknowledge that, but we also need to do our best to make their life easier.
Listen to Them
This doesn’t mean listening to them and then turning to watch television. That’s not caring for caregivers. Give them your full attention and stop doing what you have been doing up until that moment. If you are not good with words and cannot find anything to say to comfort them, offer a hug once in while. In other words, show them you really care about everything they do and that you appreciate all the effort.
Give Them Time And Space
Keep in mind that caregivers are not robots and they can’t work 24/7. Every once in a while, they must take a rest. And we don’t mean laying down on a sofa all day. When they say they need a break, reserve a hotel for the weekend and start packing your suitcase. Go somewhere where they will forget about their everyday life so they can recharge batteries for the next period. Do that once in a while and never forget to make them let loose once in a while if you can.
Caring for caregivers means trying to see things from their point of view. In order to understand everything they go through, stop for a moment and put yourself in their position. When you realize how much time caregivers spend tending to others, you will appreciate them even more. Eventually you may come to a conclusion: Perhaps, they are Supermen.
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