Caregiver Manual

Excerpt from Caregiver’s Manual
By S. Somers/W. Thompson, Upper Island Geriatric Outreach Program

Caregivers often state the most important goal is to care for their loved one. However, sometimes they must be reminded to care for themselves, to remain physically and mentally able to care for others. Caregivers may experience feelings of frustration, discouragement and sadness. Sometimes a sense of being overburdened can create feelings of guilt or resentment. Fatigue is common and always a result of doing too much and not getting enough rest. Caregivers generally put aside their own need for rest, socializing and solitary moments.