caring for yourself
Caregiving is not always easy. All too often, caregivers put aside their own needs and forget that when they take care of themselves, they are better able to take care of their loved one. According to the Center on Aging Society, more than one in ten (11%) of family caregivers report that caregiving has caused their physical health to deteriorate. You may not have much time for yourself, but use it as an opportunity to renew and refuel. How are you? Are you taking care of yourself?
- Caregiver Bill of Rights
It is easy to lose one’s identity when you become a caregiver, to be consumed by the needs of your loved one and to deny the personal space and self-care you deserve for your own well-being.
I have the right:
To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my loved one.
To seek help from others even though my loved ones may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
See our Resource page for the complete Caregivers Bill of Rights by Jo Horne.
- Support groups
It helps to know that you are not alone in the care giving journey. Just having someone to talk with can relieve the stress and loneliness often experienced by caregivers. Online forums as well as local groups provide an opportunity to give and receive support.
- The Family Meeting
The responsibilities associated with caring for an older family member can be overwhelming. As the caregiver, frustration and anger are not uncommon emotions, especially when you feel you have been abandoned and left to carry the load. It can be a challenge to get everybody on board or even just talking about your shared loved one’s needs. The Resource page can lend you advice on holding a family meeting and starting the conversation.
"Staying in touch with loved ones and friends while also managing a healthcare challenge can be difficult. But staying connected is a crucial component to getting, and staying well—for both patients and caregivers. Bon Secours Virginia Health System understands these obstacles, and we’re prepared to help. Now you can stay connected with family, friends and colleagues before, during and after a healthcare challenge through a CarePages website."
CarePages provides free, private websites that make it easy to:
Update family, friends and even colleagues all at once
Collect supporting messages from loved ones and friends
Learn more about healthcare issues
Connect to others with similar concerns
- Bereavement Support
The Bon Secours Bereavement Center of Excellence is a gathering place and resource for those who have lost a loved one with Bon Secours Hospice, a Bon Secours Hospital or from the community. We offer an array of support groups along with individual grief counseling on a case by case basis. We provide resources and refer to other counselors as needed. We also serve as a resource to Bon Secours staff and the Richmond Community for information related to grief and loss.
7229 Forest Avenue, Suite 108, Building A
Richmond, VA 23226