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How to ‘Turn the Corner’ for the Year as a Caregiver

Caregiver Stress Greenwich CT 

Caregiver Stress Greenwich CT

It might have been the middle of winter when you began going over to your mother’s house to take care of her, but as we head into and through July, we’re actually beyond the halfway point for this calendar year. As a caregiver, stress may be a significant part of your life and, like most stressors that adults face in America, it might feel as though there’s nothing you can really do to prevent it or reduce it.

At the end of the year people often look to the New Year’s celebration and begin making resolutions, things they want to change about themselves, their health, and other factors.

Just because New Year’s is still six months away, that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes now. Every moment is a great opportunity to change things you don’t like about yourself, what you’re doing, or what you need to do to help alleviate some of the stress you feel.

You want to be the best caregiver possible. 

Maybe you don’t think about yourself as a caregiver, but a concerned adult child worried about her mother or father. That’s okay, but in reality if you are providing any type of care support to an elderly individual, regardless of their relationship to you, you need to accept what you’re doing is a job.

You want to be there for your loved one, and you want to be the best caregiver possible. You can do that only as long as you take care of yourself properly.

Make time for yourself. 

It’s absolutely essential that you make time for things important in your own life, including exercise, eating properly, spending time with friends, reading a good book, relaxing at the end of the evening, and getting a good night’s rest.

Many family caregivers simply don’t think they have the time to do any of those things, and that only exacerbates the stress they feel. But there are plenty of options available to help you make more time for yourself every day.

One of the best is to consider home care services. 

A home care aide is somebody who can visit with your elderly loved one, provide support (both physical and emotional), provide companionship, and maybe even transportation services, depending on the caregiver and where you hire him or her.

Just two hours a day can give you the time you need to improve your own life. Imagine ‘turning the corner’ this summer and making the rest of summer and fall a great one, not just for you, but also your elderly loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Greenwich, CT please contact the caring staff at Fairfield Family Care at 203-295-3477.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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