Along with the physical care a person with a brain injury may need, he may also need companionship and emotional support. Because caregivers also may have many other responsibilities, like working outside the home and caring for children, being a caregiver
can be overwhelming and challenging. There are groups and programs (such as home health care or respite care) that support caregivers.
Suggestions for the caregiver
- Ask for help when you need it. Sometimes, caregivers try to handle everything on their own. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Set limits. There are only so many hours in the day and only so many things you can do. Some things can wait.
- Take time for yourself. Taking an hour, a day, a weekend, or a week away can do wonders!
- Stay in touch with friends and family.
- Learn relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation.
- Take care of yourself. Caregivers are at risk of illnesses related to stress. If you’re concerned about your health, talk with your doctor.
- Take time for exercise. Exercise relaxes you, improves your mood, keeps your body strong, and makes you feel better about yourself. These are reasons enough to make exercise a part of your limited time.
- Join a support group. Support groups are a great way to share problems and concerns. People with understand what you are feeling.
- Keep your sense of humour. Laughter is a great stress reducer!