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Life After Brain Injury

Caring for the Caregiver

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!

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