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Tips for Caregivers of Terminally Ill Family Members

Location : Austin Hospice 
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By the Austin Hospice team

A terminal illness impacts the entire family. Caregivers of a loved one with a terminal illness need to take special care no to neglect themselves. Emotional, physical and financial strains may lead to diminished health of a caregiver. Spouses, adult children and other family caregivers frequently have a decline in their own health due to putting their needs on hold. 

Silverado Hospice shares these tips to promote the health of personal caregivers.

  • Prepare a list of tasks and projects that you need to accomplish. When someone offers to help you, it will be easy to relinquish a job
  • Have a schedule of when anyone is helping to avoid duplication
  • Ask visitors to limit the time of the visits if they are taxing to you or your family
  • Maintain a healthy diet and drink 6-8 glasses of water a day
  • Be sure to get enough rest and take breaks throughout the day when possible
  • Get outside at least 15-20 minutes a day
  • Take advantage of respite care (if on Hospice)
  • Exercise regularly — low-impact activities like walking or stretching make a difference too
  • Meditate daily, even ten minutes can help clear your mind
  • Talk with others (family, friends, support group, blog) and share your feelings
  • Seek professional caregiver help for guidance on dealing with difficult situations
  • Keep your medical appointments and don’t ignore any symptoms
  • Request a volunteer to help (if on Hospice)
  • Remember that grief is normal and that you are not alone
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