When was the last time you met a friend for lunch? Had an annual physical? Engaged in a hobby you enjoy? If you’re a family caregiver, your answer may be, “I don’t remember.” While the goal of all family caregivers is to provide a loved one with the very best care possible, providing care week in and week out takes a toll on family caregivers.
If you’re like many family caregivers, you may be juggling responsibilities on many fronts – from a full-time career to caring for aging parents, and possibly children at home, too. Family caregivers are known to suffer from sleep deprivation, have poor eating habits, neglect exercising routinely, and postpone medical appointments.
In order for family caregivers to be effective in their role, it’s vitally important that they care for themselves, and doing so begins with a few easy steps:
Stress is detrimental to both physical and mental health and it’s important to make changes before becoming overwhelmed.
Ask for and Accept Help
Do you have friends or relatives who have asked if they can help, but you’ve felt hesitant to accept their offers? Asking for and accepting help is not a weakness, and welcoming an extra set of hands can have a significant impact on your wellbeing.
Another way family caregivers can alleviate stress and take much deserved time to care for themselves, is by partnering with a trusted home care agency like Visiting Care Giving Services. Let our compassionate care team design a customized plan of care, as unique as your loved one. We can help with:
If you’re looking for help as a Chesterfield senior advocate and caregiver, contact Visiting Care Giving Services today at (636) 493-9058 and let us know how we can help you continue to provide exceptional care for a senior you love within Chesterfield and the surrounding areas.