Coping Strategies used by Carers
- Realising that the person you care for is not to blame for his or her position
- Taking life ‘one day at a time’
- Finding out as much as you can about the problem
- Keeping a little free time for yourself
- Realising that there is always someone worse off than yourself
- Realising that no one is to blame for things
- Keeping one step ahead of things by planning in advance
- Getting as much help as you can from professionals and service providers
- Talking over your problems with someone you can trust
- Favorable work policies such as flexible work hours and better financial crisis support be provided
- Better awareness of mental illness and specific guidelines of “Dos” and “Don’ts” be provided so that the caregivers have a sense of structure and security in terms of how does one deal with an issue that can otherwise induce fear and panic in the caregiver
- Accessible family support groups and caregiver forums be more pervasive so that caregivers can avail of a platform where they can be heard and be supported both psychologically as well as emotionally
- Provision of respite care for the caregivers be made more affordable and accessible
- Interventions which help in identifying caregiver strengths and reinforcing them be worked out so as to give the caregivers the motivation and positive affirmation that they rightly so deserve
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