Bonus Day From The Leaders
As we wrap up the daily posts for The National Family Caregiver Month, it seems fitting to repeat the words of wisdom from the experts who contributed to our blog.
We asked the following caregiving leaders: If you could give a caregiver only ONE piece of advice for their self-care, what would it be?
Gary Barg: CEO of Caregiver.com and Today Caregiver’s Magazine:
The most important thing you can do to support the loved one for whom you care is to care for yourself as well.
Dr Bernie Seigel: Retired surgeon and author of numerous books on the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is best known for his book Love, Medicine and Miracles.
I am a caregiver for my wife, 50 years of MS. When going through hell ask yourself what am I to learn from this experience. Learn to surrender you can’t fix everything.
Marian Grant: Director of Policy and Professional Engagement at The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).
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.
The theme here is clear self care for a caregiver is paramount to surviving and maintaining yourself in order to be an effective, healthy and balanced caregiver.
What Matters Most? Attitude, balance, connections, peace and love.