30 Dec Caregiver Tips
Caregivers are typically family members who are taking care of their loved ones or aging parents in their homes. The caregiver’s role is to provide basic care for their family member with a chronic health condition. Chronic health issues can be effects from a stroke, Alzheimer’s disease or mobility issues, just to name a few.
Most caregivers are managing their own busy lives caring for their individual families along with working outside their homes. Their demands can become overwhelming; especially during the holidays.
Overcome with stress, many caregivers experience symptoms of weight loss/gain, change in sleeping patterns, anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is important to focus on one’s self care during these hectic times.
We suggest the following tips for reducing stress:
- Eat healthy and get regular exercise.
- Participate in support groups to discuss your challenges with other caregivers.
- Take a walk in the park, go shopping or socialize with friends.
- Accept help from other family members and friends. You can’t do it all by yourself!If possible, hire a caregiver to assist your loved one a few hours a day.
CAREGIVER STRESS? CONSIDER A SHORT- TERM RESPITE STAY FOR YOUR LOVED ONE AT THE ALTENHEIM.
A respite stay for your family member can provide much needed rest and prevent burnout and exhaustion. Your family member or aging parent may benefit as well! At The Altenheim we offer an array of activities, including entertainment, lunch outings, exercise classes and much more!! Thus, allowing your family member to engage and socialize with people their own age.
Being on top of your game will be the best gift you can give to yourself and your loved one.