Caring for the CarePartner
Take Care of Yourself
- Focus on getting relaxing sleep rather than more sleep
- Don't ignore your own physical health
- Don't forget to reserve time to pursue your own interests, activities, and relationships.
- Keep your eating habits balanced- do not fall into a toast-and-tea habit.
- List priorities, decide what to leave undone, and think of ways to make the work easier.
- Reach out to support groups, religious advisors, or mental health counselors to learn constructive communication techniques.
- Schedule a regular time for conversation.
- When you visit your own doctor, be sure to explain your carepartnering responsibilities, not just your symptoms.
Ask for Help
- Keep a list of jobs that friends could do.
- Ask friends/relatives to stop by on a weekend for a few hours so the carepartner can run errands.
- Use respite care when needed.
*Information gathered from "A Guide for Caregivers" by Tanya Radford. Published by the National MS Society in 2007; The Comfort of Home: Multiple Sclerosis Edition. CareTrust Publications LLC, Portland, OR. 2006. Pg. 156-157; and Momentum magazine: Winter 07-08.
DISCLAIMER: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society does not endorse products, services, or manufacturers. Programs appear above solely because they are considered valuable information and you may find them beneficial. The Chapter assumes no liability for these programs or the use or contents of any product or service mentioned. Additionally, it is important to note that any person registering for the program(s) listed above will be sharing their personal information with an organization outside of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.