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					                                            APPENDIX F

                                         CAREGIVER TIPS

Relaxation
 Take a time out (read, movies, dinner with a friend)
 Journaling
 Meditate
 Guided imagery
 Engage in activities that are uplifting


Take Care of Your Body
 Exercise (walking, running, yoga, stretching)
 Eat healthy
 Get plenty of rest
 Maintain medical check-ups


Seek Emotional Support
 Talk with a friend, spiritual leader, or professional
 Support groups


Ask For Help!!!!!!
 Make a list of needs to help care for your loved one
         o Meals
         o Transportation
         o Visiting with loved one
         o Household chores
 Identify and ask people that can help (friends, family, neighbors, religious community)
         o Utilize others’ strengths and skills
         o Rotate help to prevent burnout
 Create a calendar to organize helpers and appointments
 Prioritize tasks and create a to-do list
 Focus on accomplishing one task a day




                                                          BE FLEXIBLE
                                       BE KIND AND PATIENT WITH YOURSELF
                                                             AND

                                        REMEMBER TO LAUGH!!!!!!
                                         Caregiver Support

American Brain Tumor Association                    National Brain Tumor Society
http://www.abta.org                                 http://www.tbts.org
800-886-2282                                        800-934-2873

Association of Cancer Online Resources              National Family Caregivers Association
http://listserv.acor.org                            www.thefamilycaregiver.org
                                                    800-896-3650
Family Caregiver Alliance
www.caregiver.org                                   Family Care America
800-445-8106                                        www.familycareamerica.com

Net of Care                                         Spouses of Brain Tumor Patients
www.netofcare.org                                   www.bradsupdates.com/care.html

Meditation Oasis                                    Well Spouse Association
www.meditationoasis.com                             www.wellspouse.org
                                                    800-838-0879
Caring Bridge
www.caringbridge.org                                The Brain Trust
                                                    www.braintrust.org
Care Pages                                          617-623-0066
www.carepages.com
                                                    Faith in Action
Lotsa Helping Hands                                 www.fianationalnetwork.org/find-fia-program.cfm
www.lotsahelpinghands.com


                              Professional & Volunteer Caregivers/
                           Respite Care/Adult Day Care/Assisted Living

National Association for Home Care and Hospice      Faith in Action
www.nahc.org                                        www.fiavolunteers.org

Visiting Nurse Associations of America              Easter Seals
www.vnaa.org                                        www.easterseals.com

National Private Duty Association                   National Adult Day Services Association
www.privatedutyhomecare.org                         www.nadsa.org

National Respite Locator                            Assisted Living Federation of America
www.respitelocator.org                              www.alfa.org

                                                    Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living
                                                    www.ccal.org


                                    Local Cancer Support Centers

The Gathering Place                                 Stewart’s Caring Place
www.touchedbycancer.org                             www.stewartscaringplace.org
216-595-9546                                        330-836-1772

				
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