Bushwalking Comfort & Caregiving?

Imagine…

Your preparing for going on a bushwalking pack hike.

To a secluded gorge with supporting 20 teenagers helping 15 Other adults.

Who are all looking forward to the challenge of experiencing a multi day.

Hike through the open bush using maps, compass & personal wits & learned skills –

Days of bushwalking enjoyment & camping comfort!

Taking & carrying all your own:-

  •          food,
  •          water,
  •          cooking equipment,
  •          utensils &
  •          bedding

For the 10 days hike.

As part of preparation –

You get to go to an information day, to answer any questions you may have.

You begin talking with an experienced Bushwalker your mentor, who has been on this same hike with a similar sized group

4 times in the last 12 years .

You talk with your Mentor –

Who says these word.

Besides the standard list

  •          good comfortable walking boots,
  •          plenty of dry socks,
  •          plenty of food & water

Remember to make sure, you have a good bed,

You need to have a good comfortable bed.

So you can get a good nights sleep,

Before you can be of any help to someone else?

Stop for a moment…

& Think about that statement.

Without you having a good comfortable bed, you won’t be able to help anybody else!

You may be thinking/worrying about not having a good nights sleep, moving uncomfortably or whatever else.

Not being able to take care of the other team members needs, when challenges come along.

If we’re not ok, we can’t care for anybody else.

So it’s important as Caregivers to ask yourself 2 questions:-

  1.       Are you ok today?
  2.       What 1 thing can I do today to discover how to be more OK in your life!  

Create a great day!

 

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are imaginative!

 

Informal Caregiver to Informed Caregiver?

So what is the difference? Between an Informal Caregiver & an Informed Caregiver?

Skills in Caregiving & Caring for the Care Giver! 

All skills in life are learned like:-

  •      Walking,
  •      Holding a pencil,
  •      Colouring,
  •      Reading,
  •      Writing,
  •      Riding a bike or
  •      Driving a car.

And learned skills take time and practice to become capable, often with a few scratches, bumps and bruises to heal or repair.

Who are the Encouragers, Mentors or Coaches Today?

In the good old days, a Caregiver would see how to Care for a Loved One by watching and being encouraged by a family member, mentored by a neighbor or coached by other people around them, as many other family & community members would be doing the same thing, caring for their Loved One.

Today Caregivers often don’t have other family members to encourage them, or neighbors or other people to Mentor them in Caregiving. They don’t see how other people care for their loved ones because caregiving is often hidden away, they stay in their space or room.

When they are at work, it’s often not appropriate to talk about what’s happening at home.

Big Hidden Secret

So Caregiving becomes a big hidden secret.

Which cannot be talked about at work, because it’s unprofessional!

Which cannot be talked about at home, because that’s where it’s all happening!

So Caregivers try to talk to their  friends about this perhaps growing frustrated part of their lives, and their friends can only take so much!

So the Big Hidden Secret – Stays Secret. We are only as well as our deepest secret. 

Informal Caregiver Risks

Primary (Main) Caregivers and their families may be in constant Crisis Mode.

Because Caregiving can become this unacceptable, unspoken, unexpressed part of their life.

 So an Informal Caregiver can bottle up their emotions of caregiving until they can become stressed, depressed or even burnt out and worst case scenario, may even end up in hospital themselves with caregiver burden, the Loved One who they were caring for, needing to handle change as well as, missing their Caregiver ?

Why?

Because the Caregiver had no avenue to express their hurt, anger, frustration or pain and they can implode and then the Critical Caregiver needs Critical Care themselves.

So how can we prevent this from happening?

Great question!

That is what CarefortheCaregiver.org is all about!

5 Ways to Break the Silence!

  1. It’s time to Express how You Feel! No More Secrets! Other people cannot read your mind. You need to Inform other people how you are travelling, even if it is to a stranger. Remember you can also journal your journey. 
  2. Take time with your Family to Have a Family Meeting where the Caregivers can sit & talk openly to family who are personally or distantly involved in a safe environment. Based on the latest research family are the “best support” during this time of Caregiving. (Unless you have no close relatives, then connecting with friends & neighbours who can support you at this time.) Scheduling time for You to Care for the Caregiver is Critical Now and in the future!
  3. Get a Care for the Caregiver Mentor/Coach or someone who will take the time to listen to the challenges and be a sounding board for your Caregiver Journey.
  4. Learn Lots and Become an Informed Caregiver become aware, knowledgeable & trained.
  5. Find a Safe Space to express Your emotions & pain, so you don’t bottle it up and implode, so you can stay healthy throughout your caregiving experience.

Create a great day!

 

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to say Linked, Informed & Educated & Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the world.

P.S. Your Creative!

Are You an Informed Caregiver?

So what is an Informed Caregiver?

Great Question!

Lets take a closer look at Informed Caregiver Definition

A person who is aware, knowledgeable & trained about Caregiving.

A person who is clued-up in information, well-versed in the facts, up to date in the latest skills & knowledge needed for Caregiving a Care-Receiver (family member or friend) often can be considered – awareness in the risks, learned in knowledge & understanding in the practical skills – may be deemed skilled because they are trained and knows how to care for the caregiver!

An Informed Caregiver is someone who has gone outside the standard box of expectations.

Searched for the important information, needed by a Caregiver and the Loved One/Care Receiver to live life.

Understand that things are continuously changing & are often improving so you can be prepared for changes and aware of the improvements, connecting with the world for your Loved One/Care Receiver.

Aware of the Risks involved in Caregiving and has implemented strategies to counteract those risks. Daily, Weekly, Monthly & Yearly. For the benefit of You the Caregiver taking Care of the Caregiver and your Loved One/Care Receiver, taking Care of their needs, physically, emotionally, socially etc.

Remembering to care for the whole world includes caring for You to!

You need to Care for Your needs, physically, emotionally , socially etc.

Understand or willing to learn the Practical Skills needed in Caring for the Caregiving.

There  are so many ways to discover these, 1 on 1, 1 on group, 1 on online, 1 on courses – Reading, watching others, talking with others, TV, YouTube, Membership Sites etc…

It is vitally important to realise you are not alone in this, there are on average 1 in 5 homes in your street who are caring for a Loved One/Care Receiver.

How can we break the silence!? Talk, Txt, Email, Write to someone today!

Well Done You have started!

Remember Transforming from being a Informal Caregiver to an Informed Caregiver starts with You!

 

Create a Great Day!

 

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember stay – linked, informed and educated & bring hope, health and happiness to this world.

P.S. You Are an Incredible!