Module summary

Conclusion

Some of the key points covered in this module include:

  • It’s important to look after yourself to help you stay well while caregiving for another person.
  • Whether you are caring for someone in the home or providing occasional care in hospital or hospice, you will likely be juggling several responsibilities. There are several tools you can use to help you identify and ask for support with your caregiving tasks, such as listing tasks and people who may be able to help and then creating a “circle of care” to help you.
  • Consider possible resources you can turn to for help if you are considering taking time off work, such as flexible work arrangements, and provincial and federal programs to help with compassionate leave.
  • Make safety a priority for yourself as the care recipient’s needs change during the illness, including listening to your body’s cues and acquiring special equipment to help with certain caregiving tasks (if needed).
  • Everyone feels stressed from time to time, but long or intense periods of stress can be extremely hard on your physical and mental health.
  • Anger is a natural and powerful emotion that impacts everyone in the situation. Understanding the source of the anger and frustration is helpful, but it is also important to apply coping strategies for yourself and to keep your healthcare team informed.
  • Although sleep disturbances may be common for caregivers, getting proper rest and sleep is essential. Find ways to get adequate sleep. Talk to your healthcare professional if you are struggling with this.