Taking Care of You
Caregiving places enormous pressure on caregivers and can cause them to become patients themselves. Caregivers are at greater risk for illness, social isolation, stress, depression and death.
Daily caregiving for a loved one can be demanding and overwhelming and can make the caregiver feel like they have little control over the situation. Without the proper support system, the stress of caregiving can eventually lead to burnout. If burnout does happen, the caregiver may have no energy left to look after someone else.
Taking care of yourself is necessary if you are going to be an effective caregiver.
Caregivers Bill of Rights
I have the right to take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the ability to take better care of my loved one.
I have the right to seek help from others even though my loved one may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
I have the right to maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can do for this person and I have the right to do some things just for myself.
I have the right to get angry, be depressed, and express difficult feelings occasionally.
I have the right to reject any attempt by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt or anger.
I have the right to receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do for my loved one as I offer these attributes in return.
I have the right to take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it has taken to meet the needs of my loved one.
I have the right to protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me in times when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.
I have the right to expect and demand that as new strides are made in ﬁnding resources to aid physically and mentally impaired persons in our country, similar strides will be made toward aiding and supporting caregivers.
Private Speech Language Therapy in Manitoba
The link below provides a list of speech language pathologists (SLPs) who provide private services for a fee. If the region is stated as Manitoba, the SLP may provide service for the entire province. Please note that this list is updated every month.
Another option is to call your local hospital rehabilitation services department and ask if they can make a recommendation of someone in your area.
Local Community Mental Health Services
You can seek help for yourself or loved one from a community mental health worker when dealing with such issues as:
- Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- Dealing with the stress of care-giving and coping strategies
- Challenging behaviours in a loved one
- Social isolation or withdrawal
- Impact of multiple losses
- Questions of risk and safety
- Cognitive assessment if there is memory loss and increasing confusion
Contact numbers for community mental health and senior mental health workers are provided in the following Prairie Mountain Health websites
Home Care Program Prairie Mountain Health
The following websites are more good resources for the caregiver:
Stroke Connection Newsletter from American Heart Association
Aphasia Recovery Connection
Taking Care of You: Self Care for Family Caregivers
Caregiver Stress and Burnout
Alzheimer Society of Manitoba: Education for Family