6 Tips To Prevent Caregiver Burnout

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Caregiver Champion, LLC

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Sep 23, 2022

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The article Helping the Helpers: Suggestions from caregivers to prevent caregiver burnout has 6 tips to help caregivers practice self-care and manage their days.

Consider Tip Number 3--ASK FOR HELP! This is huge!

But if you are like many--as evidenced in the comment section from the  link--it is clear that ASKING for help may not be the problem,, but

GETTING help may be the challenge.

Are you asking a sibling or child for help and hearing a loud NO?

WHEN THEY ANSWER NO
If you are not getting support from other family members to help you in your caregiver role, you do not have to go the distance alone.

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