Self-Care for Caregivers Discussion Guide

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Whether you’re a spouse, adult child, parent, other family member or friend, as a caregiver providing long-term support, you make many sacrifices for your loved one. As a result, you may experience emotional, mental and physical health problems.

It’s important that you take time to care for yourself. Your health and well-being will benefit the person you are caring for just as much as they benefit you. Have an honest conversation with your health care professional about what you are experiencing.

Discussion starter questions:

  1. What are the signs of depression?
  2. How do I know if I’m experiencing caregiver burnout?
  3. What are some things I can do for myself to practice self-care? Are there small steps I can take to improve my well-being?
  4. Can you help me prioritize the most important issues related to my health and how to address them?
  5. What national organizations support caregivers?
  6. How can I find local resources and support?


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