- Choose to take charge of your life, and don't let your loved one's illness or disability always take center state.
- Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor, and value yourself. You're doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time, just for you.
- Watch out for signs of depression, and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it.
- When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
- Educate yourself about your loved one's condition. Information is empowering.
- There's a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one's independence.
- Trust your instincts. Most of the time they'll lead you in the right direction.
- Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
- Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen.
- Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
A. In the early stages
1. Keep routine consistent
2. Ensure as much privacy as possible
3. Ensure adequate lighting
B. In the middle stages
1. Have bath water and supplies ready
2. Separate bathing from hair washing
3. Remember that a daily bath may not
4. Keep the bathroom as homelike as
5. Keep distractions and noise to
C. In the late stages
1. Gently coach the person during
"Now step in the tub."
"Now wash your arm."
2. Put a washcloth or shower head in the
person's hand and cup your hand
over hers, letting her assist
in the movements.
3. Minimize frequency of full baths.
Sponge baths do get the job done.