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"The Practical Caregiver -- Your Goodwill Ambassador of Family Care!"
 
 

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What are The Practical Caregiver Guides? 

They are educational guides to help you be a better family caregiver. Whether you are providing basic care, cancer care, or home hospice care, you need the right tools to help you get the job done.
 
There are three important rules for good family care:

1. Love is never enough. You can love someone utterly and completely, but without the right tools and education, you can fail as a caregiver.

2. You have to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of your loved one. If you fail, there will be two people who need a caregiver -- you and your loved one!

3. What you don't know or understand can hurt you AND your loved one -- when you learn about what ails your loved one, you can also learn about what will make care better. 

Believe in yourself. Believe that for every problem there is at least one solution. Believe in family care -- there's no place like home. Direct your caregiving to meet your loved one's real needs. The rewards can be great.
 
Love really does make the world go around, but if you want a smoother ride, grease the wheels!

Who needs care in your family?

-- An elderly parent
-- A cancer patient
-- An Alzheimer's or other dementia sufferer
-- A child with a debilitating illness, such as leukemia

You want to provide the best care in order to insure your loved one survives with as much comfort, independence, mobility, and quality of life as possible. To do that, learn what the issues are and the ways to make a difference.
 
Is the need for care temporary, such as after surgery? Or progressive, the result of a disease or disorder that will worsen over time? Or serial, the result of a disease or disorder that can go into remission? Or do you need to provide end-of-life care to someone in a home hospice program?

You will find information on a wide range of caregiver issues here!
 


 
 
 

 
 
 
Difficulty in the caregiver relationship? 

There could be three reasons for the problem.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What does a family caregiver need to know?

Check out the
A-B-C's of being a family caregiver!

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