Statistics say 75% of us will either become or need a caregiver at some point in our lives. Most of us will become a Family Caregiver; we will take care of someone in our family, usually an elderly parent or spouse. Very few of us however are equipped to take on such a colossal role. As we consider the possibility or even the reality that we _will_ be a caregiver most of us are also faced with the dilemma of exactly how to be a caregiver.
Knowing your caregiving stages turns this intimidating, overwhelming, chaotic role into something manageable. It gives you confidence in whatever stage you are in while setting the foundation for the future caregiving stages. It gives you hope.
When you think about being a caregiver, one of the first things that comes to mind is elderly health and wellness. How can we promote health and wellness for an older adult and help them maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Not only should you reward yourself as a caregiver to prevent caregiver stress but you should also reward yourself because you deserve it! You are making a great sacrifice by being your loved one’s caregiver and whether others recognize it or not, you are doing a great job! Treat yourself!
Caregiving is a hungry beast that threatens to consume everything in your path – your life, your happiness, even your marriage. With some intentionality and a little extra effort, you can keep caregiving from ruining your marriage and be assured you have a battle-tested marriage that comes out even stronger when your caregiving days are over.