Tell Us: Your Advice to a Friend New to Caregiving


Tell Us: Your Advice to a Friend New to Caregiving

Wisdom_2Earlier today, I wrote about a new guide that's now available called A Caregiving Survival Guide. In the guide, you share your best suggestions, tips and resources with a friend, colleague or family member who is new to a caregiving role. You pass along your wisdom, your lessons learned and your best solutions to help a friend caring for a family member with a chronic illness.

So, I'd love know: What advice would you offer to a friend who is new to caregiving? Please share your tips in our comments section, below. I'll choose a random winner to receive gifts to give a friend: Copies of A Caregiving Survival Guide, The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey and Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Family Caregivers. When you present your friend with this three-book gift set, you give your friend wisdom, answers and comfort.

I look forward to reading your wisdom.

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My biggest tip is to include people in your life who will be honest with you about what they see going on with you. I often do not realize that I am stressed, lonely, frustrated, overwhelmed, etc. I may feel tired, irritable and like crying but I often fail to understand the stress care giving brings on a daily basis. I attend AA, go to church and belong to a few chat rooms specific to care giving and still I can manage to hide myself in smiles. BUT I have a few women friends and a couple of doctors who call me on it. They name it. They tell me, \"You are doing a tough job. No wonder you are overwhelmed. You need to take time for yourself.\" Crazy, I know, that I forget this is a tough job and a long journey and an isolating time. I blame myself for not being strong enough or whatever enough. My friends call foul on that b.s. and wake me up and love on me and pamper me a bit and that is my tip. Be vulnerable and highly visible to a few trusted friends and give them permission to get in your face with the truth. To all of you out there...I love you!


1. You are not alone. Your feelings and experiences are valid.\r\n2. Get support. Get help. Come to Seek out informational and other resources.\r\n3. Take it one day, one minute, one second at a time.\r\n4. You can fire your doctor.\r\n5. You are the authority on your caree.\r\n6. Honor your own health and needs however you can.