Caregiving with Advanced Illness

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

First, Care for Yourself

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

生命尽头的决策:心肺复苏和放弃复苏 (End-of-Life Choices: CPR and DNR)

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生命尽头的决策:喂食管与呼吸机 (End-of-Life Choices: Feeding Tubes and Ventilators)

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永久授权书和可废止的生存信托 (Durable Powers of Attorney and Revocable Living Trusts)

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事实表 照护和抑郁症 (Caregiving and Depression)

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A Guide to Taking Care of Yourself

"The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one," said a caregiver. Absolutely the easiest thing for someone to say and the hardest thing to accept is the advice to take care of yourself as a caregiver. It is often hard to see beyond the care tasks that await you each morning.

Contratacion de empleados para el hogar (Hiring In-Home Help)

La mayoría de los cuidadores familiares llegan a un punto en que comprenden que necesitan ayuda en el hogar. Entre otras señales de que se ha llegado a ese punto está el comprender que su ser querido exige supervisión o ayuda permanente en las actividades de la vida cotidiana, como bañarse y vestirse. También, los cuidadores pueden darse cuenta de que ciertas labores o tareas habituales del hogar sólo se logran con gran dificultad o se quedan sin hacer. Puede hacerse evidente que hace falta más de un cuidador para poder mantener cualquier responsabilidad fuera del hogar.

Grief and Loss

Introduction

Advanced Illness: Holding On and Letting Go

Introduction

Our culture tells us that we should fight hard against age, illness and death: "Do not go gentle into that good night," Dylan Thomas wrote. And holding on to life, to our loved ones, is indeed a basic human instinct. However, as an illness advances, "raging against the dying of the light" often begins to cause undue suffering, and "letting go" may instead feel like the next stage.

Helping Families Make Everyday Care Choices

Introduction

The best everyday care choices for the person diagnosed with a dementing illness, and for loved ones giving care, depend on an understanding of values and care preferences. Examples of everyday care choices include when to stop driving, how to manage money, whether to purchase or use support services, when to accept care from family members and, at a more personal level, when to bathe and what activities to do.

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