National Family Caregiver Month Day 21

 

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Marian Grant

Advice from Marian Grant, Robert Wood Johnson Fellow

We posed the following question to some leaders in the caregiving community.

If you could give a caregiver only ONE piece of advice for their self-care, what would it be?

Here is the response from Marian Grant:

What a great idea! I guess my advice would be that caring for a loved one is like running a marathon, and you have to pace yourself. It will do no one any good if the caregiver sacrifices their health and well being for their loved one as both will suffer. Of course, this is easier said than done, but most caregivers in a longterm caregiving situation figure this out.

OK Now What? A Caregiver’s Guide to What Matters ( Head to Wind Publishing 2014) addresses ways to achieve self-care through experienced-based practical solutions to potential problems — including scheduling respite breaks and ways to maintain boundaries with family members.

Marian Grant is the Director of Policy and Professional Engagement at The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). C-TAC is dedicated to the ideal that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity. We will achieve this by empowering consumers, changing the health delivery system, improving public and private policies, and enhancing provider capacity. C-TAC is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by grants and the support of members.

http://www.thectac.org/

Copyright © 2016 by Sue Collins and Nancy Taylor Robson. All rights reserved

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