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The ABC’s of Caring  for Yourself

Caregivers often report that it is difficult to look after their own health in terms of exercise, nutrition and doctor’s visits, and can often end up feeling angry, anxious, isolated and sad.

The ABC’s of Caring  for Yourself: As a caregiver in Canada, home care and nursing home caregiving can be tough. Here are some tips to help you to look after yourself too.

Manage togetherDeciding how to manage any kind of medical condition with your loved one is an important task. Things to consider include understanding your loved one’s goals, making sure you talk with your loved one, tag-teaming appointments with others, developing a health journal, helping to maintain a safe home environment and improving your own comfort. Understand your loved one’s goalsTalk with your friend or loved one with chronic illness to help understand their goals. Get the conversation started by discussing events or activities they used to participate in and miss, whether that is fishing, walking the dog or playing car…

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