Advice for other caregivers


One main thing is—I’ve been hearing it for years—you’ve got to start as early as you can in looking after yourself, because if you don’t look after yourself then you’re not going to be very good at looking after somebody else. That’s a cliché. It really is a cliché. And other people that I know in this one support group, they are able to look after themselves. They’re more independent, they’re more assertive—much more assertive—and they do things on their own, which I have great deal difficulty doing as I mentioned. So anyway, the key is you’ve got to look after yourself; make sure that you don’t let yourself get totally swamped because if you let yourself get totally swamped and stressed out, then you are not going to be able to do a very good job of looking after your person—the care receiver.

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