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Chapter 12. Dealing with Eldercare > Taking Care of Yourself

Taking Care of Yourself

If you are the caregiver, probably the last person you think about taking care of is yourself. But you need to take time for yourself. Handling eldercare is not only a lot of work, it's emotionally draining, too. If you let yourself become run down and sick, then you won't be able to take care of the people who need you. Include in your schedule now time to research the respite services for caregivers that are available to you. Then, when you need a break, send your elder on a “vacation” for a week or two—or even just a few days—to one of these facilities. The rejuvenating effect on you will benefit you, your family, and your elder.


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