Caregivers go through a range of emotions from joy to anger and resentment and back again. it is not unusual to have conflicting emotions. Social isolation and feelings of loneliness are common feelings experienced by family care partners. Keeping a journal would allow you, the caregiver, to express your feelings and act as a format for working through many uncomfortable issues.
Journaling for caregivers allows you to help make sense of the feelings in a safe way and avoid the negative consequences of hiding feelings and causing chronic stress.
Journaling can be a very positive thing for your family member to do, if they are at a stage of dementia where they are still able to express themselves. Baby boomers with are writing or even doing regular video journaling about their experience living with dementia.
As dementia progresses, keeping a journal of physical, cognitive and medical changes. Keeping a journal of medications prescribed, discontinued or tried and not effective may be very beneficial to the treatment team.
Being aware of changes in behaviors, records of falls, or medical events can help you remember things easily when under stress.
Note important medical events such as Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s),changes in appetite, or changes in moods or behaviors. You may want to create a section that addresses questions you may want to ask the doctor at the next visit. This journal may be a source to refer to in an emergency situation.
Journaling for caregivers is important. Try to make it a priority each day, in the morning before your day starts.
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Check out the Home Health Care Notebook to assist you.
Caregiver Daily Journal entry- Stop thinking about it