As our adult population continues to age, more and more adult children are finding themselves becoming caregivers for their aging parents and other loved ones. Taking on the responsibility to care for a loved one is a major decision and one that can drastically change your life. Though it can be incredibly rewarding for the caregiver, it can also be understandably overwhelming. That is why Spring Hills is dedicated to offering ample support to assist in carrying out your duties as successfully as possible while maintaining optimal self-care.
Here are a few of our top self-care tips for caregivers to ensure that you don’t get overly stressed or burnt out:
Be Realistic and Reasonable
Remember that no one is perfect. You are not expected to be a joy-filled multi-tasker at all times. Cut yourself some slack and focus on being the best caregiver that you can realistically be. Your elderly loved one undoubtedly appreciates all that you do. It can be helpful to establish daily routines and goals so that you can clearly see what you are accomplishing each day to bolster your motivation.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for or Accept Help
Too many caregivers try to take everything upon themselves and don’t let others help when they offer. Don’t be afraid to let your friends or other family members assist you! Even if they’re not quite able to care for your loved one, they may be able to help by fulfilling your weekly grocery shopping or running to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions.
Consider Seeking a Support Group
Your friends may have difficulty relating to what you are going through, so it can be helpful to join a support group in your area for caregivers for the elderly. These groups are designed to help caregivers interact with others who share similar experiences, which helps you to know that you are not alone.
Focus on Your Own Health and Wellness
When you are busy caring for someone else, it can be easy to let your own health and wellness fall by the wayside. Be sure that you are getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising to boost your energy levels and keep you feeling strong. Block out some time for your personal hobbies as well so that you don’t lose your sense of self.
Take Advantage of Respite Care Services
Even if you follow our self-care tips for caregivers, everybody still deserves a break every now and then. At Spring Hills, we understand that being a caregiver, while rewarding, can be draining. Whether you simply need a short break from your duties or would like to take advantage of ongoing home health care services, we invite you to learn more about home health or respite care services. With a dedicated team of licensed CHHAs, we ensure your loved one will receive the same level of care and attention that you already provide.
To learn more about the care services we offer here at Spring Hills, come by one of our communities for a tour. We’re more than happy to show you around!