Mayor's Office of Employee Assistance
Action Plan for Caregivers
An action plan can help you to take control of
your life—making you happier with yourself
and also a more effective caregiver. Everyone’s
action plan will be slightly different; sit down
and evaluate your own needs, emotions and
desires, and decide which actions you can take
to alleviate some of the problems in your life.
Here are some suggestions that you might
want to include in your action plan. You can
choose some of these, leave out some, and add
others of your own. The important thing is that
you remain action-oriented and that you plan
for your own health and well-being.
The nice thing about having an action plan is that when you start to get overwhelmed, you can pull it out and remind yourself how you envisioned your life and your role. Above all, be kind to yourself. Being a caregiver is not
an easy task, and everyone in this role is bound to make mistakes. Use your action plan as a guide to plan and make time for those things that are important to you so that you do not lose focus about your own personal and emotional needs.
Seek help—any help that I can find
Allow my family to help
Involve my family in decisions
Share the burdens of caregiving with others
Research, investigate, and stay informed
Be prepared for the unexpected and for the expected
Try to understand and accept my own emotions—grief, anger, anxiety, depression, shame, guilt
Look for others who can understand my emotions
Join a support group
Recognize when I am in denial
Accept my right to be emotional
Accept my imperfections and flaws
Forgive myself for my slip-ups
Stop trying to be perfect
Take care of my physical and emotional needs
Keep up with activities that I enjoy
Take things one day at a time, one crisis at a time, one joyful moment at a time
Plan for the future
Try to communicate with my care recipient, even when communication gets difficult
Help to find a good, caring doctor
Set boundaries for myself and learn to say no
Recognize when I am getting burned out, and seek help
What would you like to add to this list?
What specific needs do you have?
What circumstances would you like to see changed?
What kinds of plans would you like to have for the future?
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