Know That You’re Not Alone
Being a family member or primary caregiver for a person with a developmental, behavioral, or intellectual disability can be stressful, difficult, maddening, exhausting—and joyful, inspiring and rewarding. Your loved one may be dealing some of the most difficult challenges a person can face—which means you’re facing those challenges, too.
But you are not alone. You can do it. Over and over again, we’ve seen caregivers rise to the challenge and find reserves they never knew they had. And Damar is here every step of the way to provide encouragement, support, knowledgeable guidance, and understanding.
If you have a friend or loved one who’s a caregiver, they need your support. Encourage them to stay healthy. Encourage them to take care of themselves. Provide direct support when and where you can.
Most important, help them make time for themselves. Taking a break from caregiving is a best practice.
Be a place for them to be candid and honest. Drop off a meal. Listen. They need someone they can speak with. It’s okay for them to be frustrated.
Dealing with Stress
Caregiver stress is common. Some caregivers can become frustrated and overwhelmed, often feeling as if their life has been limited or compromised for the care of another. Signs of caregiver stress include:
- Feeling tired, sad, or moody
- Feeling angry about not having time to yourself
- Trouble sleeping
- Eating too much or too little
- Feeling sad or lonely
Feeling stress when caring for others is natural. Negative feelings and emotions are not uncommon—and not wrong. It’s important to stay connected to friends and family and to communicate often. Taking time for yourself and having a break from caregiving (respite) is very important.
Most important, know that you’re not alone. When you need help, Damar is here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a developmental disability? What happens after an autism diagnosis? What services are available? What do you do next? We have answers to these questions and many others.
Want to learn more about caring for people with disabilities? Get in touch with us.