Care giving is no small feat. Caregivers are giving, loving, patient people who often put others’ needs before their own. Many of the skills needed for care giving are learned over time through trial and error. We asked our knowledgeable and supportive Facebook fans made up of survivors, caregivers and family members what advice they’d give to new caregivers as they deal with so many of these issues every single day.
Here are the top 10 tips for brain injury caregivers, with a little extra advice added in:
1. Be glad your loved one is still with you. – Donna
2. Be patient. – The Betty Clooney Center – Traumatic Brain Injury
3. Patience, persistence and determination! – LaRissa
4. Be honest about your limitations and cultivate a good sense of humor – it really helps! – Clare
5. Stop hovering. We can pick up on your anxiety which feeds ours. -Pamela
6. One hour, one day, sometimes only a minute at a time if that is all you can do. – Lori
7. Try to keep your patience because the repetitiveness pays off! – Merrie
8. Pray about it – DuWayne
9. Take time out to make sure you take care of yourself so you can be the best caregiver you can be.
10. Build a support system and find people you can rely on when you need to.
Interested in joining the conversation? ‘Like’ us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter. Check out more care giving posts here, here and here. Still looking for more information? Call the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Information & Resources Department at 1-800-242-0030.