Preplanning and education are the best ways caregivers can help themselves. This recommends learning about options before the need arises to alleviate some of the stress. Belonging to support groups is one way that caregivers can help each other. In addition to sharing their problems and concerns, group members recommend that keeping journals help to relieve stress. Reynolds, who took care of her father in her home, says that hindsight is invaluable. "If I had known about a company that ensured he would eat meals and take medication, I would have had some relief," she says. "I hope my experience can help other caregivers."