Family Caregivers in East Haven CT
There are plenty of good reasons why, as a family caregiver, you might be dealing with a great deal of stress. Many people take on this role out of a sense of responsibility, but they have no direct experience doing this type of work in the past.
It’s important to realize that being a caregiver is a job and needs be treated as such. If you’re doing it in your ‘free time,’ you will likely discover a couple of things. First, eventually the person who is relying on your support, whether it’s an elderly parent or someone else, may be reluctant to accept your assistance at first, but will eventually begin asking for more and more help. It’s a natural tendency for people to begin relying on assistance when they realize how it makes everything seem easier in their life.
Second, the stress you feel in your life as a caregiver will begin to increase tremendously. Even though this is done out of an act of love, it doesn’t change the fact that it is a job and needs to be thought of and treated as such.
When you are dealing with all of that extra stress, you probably have little extra time to yourself. You might have given up exercising at the gym, spending time with friends, and may even be grabbing fast food for more and more of your meals. This isn’t getting you the proper level of nutrition.
March is National Nutrition Month and here are some things you should think about with regard to your diet and how to stay healthy as a family caregiver.
You need to set aside time for yourself.
You might feel that this is simply impossible at the moment. However, you probably haven’t thought much about relying on a home care aide. A professional and experienced home care aide from an agency can help out for just two hours a day and that could be enough to give you time to sit down and eat a healthy meal.
You could have a meal with your loved one.
Instead of making meals for the entire week on Sunday or Monday, for example, you could prepare dinner with your loved one and sit down and eat with him or her. That can give you both some valuable nutrition.
Don’t forget to exercise.
You may not feel you have time to exercise, but as stated previously, having a home care aide helping out can be more than enough to give you the opportunity to take care of your own health and that can benefit you and your elderly loved one.
We understand the challenges, both physically and mentally, that are involved in caring for aging parents, as we have had our own personal experiences, and are aware of the demands it places on family members as they endeavor to maintain their own household/lives. We are very passionate about maintaining the integrity of the workers and the dignity of the clients. We strive to make aging and healing a beautiful part of life and realize the importance of staying in ones home to achieve this. Whatever age requires the service.....'There is no place like home'.
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