Welcome to the world of caregiving.

It’ll be hard, but it’s worth it.

You will never ever regret being a caring caregiver. – Debra Taylor 

It’s all about love

Remember to love unconditionally, when it’s a family member. – Mimi L

Accept help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Take any and all offers – they eventually stop. – Narelle

The only advice is to reach out and ask your for help. If you don’t and it becomes a long term as it has with my family, people back away, be open and honest that you need help. – Maggie

Remember self care

Take good care of yourself too. Find time for yourself. It can be something as simple as reading a book. Never forget yourself. – Mimi L

Don’t forget yourself

It is important to maintain certain projects that gives one a since of identity. Why? Because so often as the journey continues it is easy to lose sight of who we are, or were before the all consuming responsibilities are upon us it is too easy to lose our sense of purpose. It is best too if these projects include some sort of creativity. Why? Because a wise man charged with running a school for children with disabilities once said to his staff that when doing such a job as caring for another, creative efforts provide the in breath and the caring effort is the resulting out breath. – Linda

Make decisions together

As a veteran caregiver of both mom with dementia and spouse with MS, patience patience patience. Breathe and try to understand their state of existence. Think through to solutions that work for everybody. Ask before you make decisions about their care. – Joanna L. Brandon

Sometimes you have to be forceful

Be proactive, especially where your parents are concerned. We’re taught and experience trains us to follow their lead and defer to their wishes, but there comes a point where everything they taught us comes majorly into play. It’s a role reversal and we chafe against it, but it must happen before a disaster dictates the when and where. – Kat Drennan

You can’t argue with ALZ

Caregivers have to adjust, adapt, and accommodate because you can’t teach, train, or tell. Momma was on her own strange journey. I could not go into her world, but I had to survive it in order to help her. – S

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