8 stress-busters for family caregivers…

November 20th, 2013 No Comments

Family Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself, Too!

Family caregivers of their parents or older loved ones often experience stress–it’s a fact. Focus on the rewards of caregiving–it helps strengthen your relationship with your parent, helps you feel loved and wanted, and it can boost your self-confidence! Below are ways to reduce caregiver stress.

Try these tips to help you feel your best:

  • Make sure you go to your own medical appointments
  • Watch your diet and eat healthy food
  • Get enough rest each night
  • Get at least 45 minutes of exercise each day
  • Treat yourself at least once a week

Read all you can on how to deal with your parent’s disease. This will help you be proactive and positive about the issues you’ll be presented with. Check your local hospital or Office on Aging to see if there are any support groups or classes on the disease.

When you’re feeling stressed, try these 8 stress-busting tips:

  • Get assistance from your local elder care services in NJfor:
    • transportation
    • delivery of meals
    • home health services
    • non-medical home care services
    • home modifications to make the house more aging-friendly
    • counseling: financial and legal
  • Don’t turn down help from family & friends; when they offer, tell them how and when to help!
  • Don’t volunteer to host holiday meals or other activities
  • Realize you’re not perfect–do the best you can
  • Have a daily routine and prioritize your responsibilities
  • Don’t lose touch with your family and friends
  • Become a member of a support group for caregivers
  • Maintain your sense of humor 😀

If you work full time, ask your human resource manager about taking unpaid time off under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

If you’re concerned about your loved one’s safety, get them an emergency response device, such as emergency pendants, intercom systems, webcams, etc.

If your stress is causing you to physically or emotionally harm your loved one, seek professional help right away.

Consider hiring a professional home health care service such as Visiting Angels in Central NJ for assisted living in your own home. We can help with household chores, personal grooming & hygiene assistance, help with shopping and errands, providing caring companionship, and even caring for your pets.

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