Caregiver

Caring for a loved one with a serious, potentially life-limiting condition is challenging. Take a Quick Look at Some Numbers on Palliative Care Among Kansas Adults Diagnosed with Chronic Conditions (PDF). In the first stages of a serious, potentially life-limiting condition it is common for close family members to be the ones giving care.

To be able to be successful in caring for the people you love, you must first take care of yourself. Here are some key things to keep in mind when caring for yourself.

Mental Health

Start by writing down how stress feels to you. Next, write what is happening when you feel that way. Once you know what settings cause you stress, you can be more prepared manage it when it comes up the next time.

Physical Health

Making your body physically stronger also helps support good mental health. Give your mind and body a good foundation by:

  • Exercising daily
  • Practicing good nutrition
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Avoiding alcohol and drugs
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Seeing your doctor for routine care and screenings

Support

Reach out to others for support. Whether its other family members, friends, neighbors, professionals, or services; having someone to listen and talk with are especially important when caring for a loved one.

In addition to offering patients and their families with tools to manage pain, symptoms and stress; a Palliative Care team can support you by:

  • Providing emotional, physical, spiritual, and social support
  • Helping with decision making and figuring out care goals
  • Helping with handling financial concerns
  • Helping with referrals to additional resources
  • Educating you on the course of the illness and treatment options