Hello Dear Sisters! Last week we highlighted symptoms of burnout that caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients may experience. If you are the caregiver or know someone who is a caregiver and answered yes to experiencing some of those symptoms mentioned in last week’s article, it’s time to get help. But, we want to ensure that the urgency of the moment is coupled with our Savior’s encouragement- fear not, for I am with you and will help you. (Isaiah 41:10). Today we will share some wonderful resources to help recover your strength and stay healthy as you care for your loved one.
The most important thing you should know is that it is okay to need help. The moment you acknowledge your need for help, you are well on your way to receiving some much deserved relief. Jesus said to “Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door[a] will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7: 7 - 8, CSB). Here we are encouraged to the wisdom of, not only acknowledging our need but, asking for help from the One who is sufficient to supply it.
Pray (ask, seek, knock) because of the very real need you are experiencing and of the perfectly sufficient help God is able and willing to supply you. This help includes that which comes through people God has specifically equipped to minister to your need, i.e. friends who have walked the path before in a God honoring way, pastors, counselors and medical professionals. Taking these very practical steps to wellness will enable you to more effectively care for the one you love so much. We all need someone to help us sometimes. We were not created to bear all of life’s burdens on our own. Acknowledge, ask and receive.
Tips for being a healthy Caregiver:
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Also consider iCare: “a new stress management skills training program for caregivers of individuals with Dementia and other memory-related illnesses (at all stages). There are short video examples of difficult behaviors and situations caregivers often experience. The iCare program contains concepts, strategies, practical tips, and techniques that you can apply in your own unique situation and everyday life.” Get started here: http://www.icarefamily.com/video_pages/video_0/video_0.htm.
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Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is a daughter of God who believes that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, that we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul and body. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic and leads its Be-Held Community: a group of women seeking, living and being transformed by the truth of God’s Word together. She is excited about this addition to the Be-Held Community, which will provide loving, sustainable, Christ-centered and well researched resources to support women in cultivating a life of wholistic self-care: spirit, soul, and body, which will in turn equip them to bless the generations in their care.