There is a growing trend of adult children taking on the role of a caregiver for their aging parents. While it can be incredibly rewarding to be a caregiver for someone else, it can undoubtedly be quite stressful. Rest assured that your efforts do not go unnoticed and your loved one surely appreciates all you do! However, Poet’s Walk understands that in order to be the best caregiver you can be, it is crucial that you take care of yourself, as well.
Our self-care tips for caregivers can help you stay on top of your game and are designed to support the wellness that you and your loved one deserve:
Don’t Set Yourself Up to Fail
Many caregivers set unrealistic expectations for themselves, thinking that they have to be absolutely perfect. It is important to set standards for yourself that are more in line with the care you are capable of giving. Create to-do lists and goals for each day so that you can clearly see how much you have accomplished. Then, give yourself a much-deserved pat on the back!
Don’t Be Afraid to Accept Help
So many caregivers simply say, “I’m fine,” when friends or family members offer to help. To make things easier on yourself, let others help you! The next time someone offers to help, let them fold your laundry, grab a few things at the grocery store, or drop off that package at the post office. The extra weight off your shoulders can make a huge difference.
Do Seek Out a Support Group
Those who are not caregivers themselves may find it difficult to relate to what you are going through. A dedicated support group can help you recognize that you are not alone and that there are others who share your thoughts and worries.
Do Make Time for Yourself
Just because you are caring for someone else doesn’t mean you can’t still care for yourself. Focus on getting adequate sleep, following healthy nutrition and squeezing in physical activity. Don’t forget about your personal pursuits and passions either; keeping up with what matters most to you can boost your motivation and help you be a better caregiver.
Do Think About Respite Care for the Elderly
Even with these self-care tips for caregivers, some days are still harder than others and can take a toll on you over time. In these cases, home health care services or senior day care services can be of great assistance to both you and your elderly loved one. Poet’s Walk proudly works with local home care services, designed to provide you with the time you deserve and your loved one with care you’ve always been committed to providing. We invite you to learn more about these home care services, available both long-term or as short-term respite care, by contacting us today.
Poet’s Walk is proud to provide a range of care services for the elderly, designed to meet their needs, as well as yours. Locate a memory care facility near you to discover all we have to offer.