Family Caregivers: Make a New Year’s Resolution to Prioritize Self-Care

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Family caregivers can start the new year off right by prioritizing self-care.

Being a family caregiver is a busy job all year round. From medical appointments and providing help with personal care to assistance with weekly grocery shopping and meal preparation, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to juggle the myriad of responsibilities. Frequently, family caregivers are so busy caring for a loved one that they overlook the importance of caring for themselves. Why not start 2022 off right by making a New Year’s resolution to prioritize self-care and work with a trusted in-home care agency, like Visiting Care Giving Services, for regular respite care?

Benefits of Respite Care

Respite care services provide a wide range of benefits for family caregivers. Offering short-term relief for family caregivers, respite care can be scheduled for a few hours each week, for overnight, or anything in between. Family caregivers can use the time away to rest, recharge and to focus on self-care. Respite care is especially important in helping family caregivers avoid caregiver burnout, offering the mental and physical rest needed to continue to provide the best care possible for an older loved one.

How to Get Started

Caring for a loved one should not be a solo endeavor, and asking for help from family or friends or partnering with a professional home care agency is not a weakness. Time away from family caregiving responsibilities in order to enjoy a date night with a spouse, attend a movie with a friend, exercise, or schedule an annual medical appointment is important for the health and wellbeing of family caregivers. To get started with planning for respite care, these tips can help:

  • Professional respite care. Partnering with a trusted home care agency for respite care can provide a great deal of peace of mind and help family caregivers feel confident about stepping away from caregiving duties for a few hours regularly. Visiting Care Giving Services offers a free in-home consultation to learn more about the unique care needs of the senior you love. After getting to know you and your loved one, we take the time to find an ideal caregiver match – someone who shares similar interests and who is skilled in providing consistent, high-quality care.
  • Ask family and friends to help. In addition to professional respite care, ask family and friends if they can assist by outlining specific opportunities where help is needed. Perhaps an older parent enjoys going to the library weekly. Ask a family member or friend if he or she can provide transportation and companionship for this weekly outing. This not only provides family caregivers with a break, but it also helps older loved ones remain socially connected.

Combining professional respite care with help from family and friends is an ideal strategy to ensure that family caregivers prioritize self-care in the new year. Visiting Care Giving Services provides friendly, compassionate, and personalized respite and home care in St. Peters, MO and the surrounding areas that local families trust. Just a few of the many ways we can help include:

  • Friendly companionship
  • Engaging activities such as puzzles, games, exercise, hobbies/interests, etc.
  • Planning and preparing nutritious meals and snacks
  • Household tasks such as laundry, linen changes, and light housekeeping
  • Personal care assistance, such as bathing, dressing and help using the bathroom
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation to appointments and social outings
  • Specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other chronic health conditions
  • And much more

If you’re ready to commit to taking time for yourself in the new year, contact Visiting Care Giving Services online or at (636) 493-9058 to learn more about how our respite and home care in St. Peters, MO and the surrounding communities can help!