19 West Division Street
Faribault, MN 55021

Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00am-4:00pm

Phone: 507-332-7357
Fax: 507-332-0244

Email: office@faribaultseniorcenter.org
501c3 nonprofit organization

balance.pngHealthy tips for caregivers

Sometimes it's hard enough to help another person, without thinking about your own needs. But if caregivers don't find and follow the right balance of "other-care" and "self-care", both they and their loved one are at risk. So, try some of these tips:

  • Choose to take charge of your life
  • Make healthy food choices
  • Exercise a little each day
  • Get regular check-ups
  • Watch for signs of depression
  • Get a flu shot
  • Wash your hands
  • Take a break from caregiving
  • Tend to your spiritual needs
  • Laugh with a friend
  • Stay involved with hobbies
  • Find a caregiving buddy
  • Educate yourself regarding your loved one's situation
  • Communicate effectively with healthcare professionals
  • Pick your battles and don't sweat the small stuff
  • Recognize your strengths and acknowledge your limitations
  • Be flexible and realize that as circumstances change so do our choices and abilities
  • Allow your loved one to do as much for themselves as they possibly can
  • Asking for help is a sign of strength