Caregivers often wonder how they will navigate the tumultuous waters of caregiving and not lose themselves completely.
The Mindful Caregiver highlights two major approaches to help transform the journey: adopting a practice of mindfulness, which helps caregivers become more self-aware and fully present with the person with whom they are caring, and honoring “the spirit-side” of caregiving which offers new ways of connecting to one another. These approaches take into account not just the needs of the care recipient, but also the needs of the caregiver and other people in his/her life.
Remembering to care for oneself when someone else is in great need can be difficult, but with the suggestions and tips in this book, any caregiver can cultivate routines and practices that benefit everyone. Solutions that caregivers can use in their day to day routines are provided, so caregivers who use them can feel more empowered and hopeful.
...offers self-care exercises and addresses a wide variety of subjects such as setting realistic expectations, making the best possible decisions, advocating effectively, and evaluating available resources and services.
- Accept that this is one of the most difficult challenges you’ll ever face.
- When you realize that you’re their lifeline in a dissolving world, every supportive and loving gesture is a gift to them.
- For me, when one of my spiritual teachers suggested that caregiving was an opportunity for me to practice the positive qualities of compassion, patience, generosity, and kindness, it helped give meaning to the humblest of tasks.
- Have compassion for yourself when you feel frustrated, impatient, or angry, because caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is a Herculean task.
- Ask friends and family for help! People want to help out, and there’s a real risk in becoming isolated.
- Know what gives the patient comfort or reassurance. For us, it was always touch, physical closeness, music and beauty.