Care for the Caregiver

As a careA woman 80 years old with his adult daughter.giver, you are always concerned for your loved one. Sometimes in the midst of things, it’s easy to let your own health and well-being slip. But it is just as important to care for yourself as it is to care for your loved one.  As simple as it is to submerge yourself in the needs of others, remember you have needs too. Here are some tips on how to care for yourself – in case you forget!

Reduce Personal Stress

When you start to feel stressed, recognize the signs. There are numerous signs of stress that can affect your coping abilities, your care giving dynamic and your relationship with the care recipient. Some early signs of stress include sleep problems, forgetfulness, irritability, denial, anger and anxiety. Sometimes it is necessary to remind yourself of what you can and cannot control. Trying to change things that are out of your control will only lead to frustration.  It is important to identify your stress relievers and employ them as often as possible. Caregiver.org suggests that simple actions such as exercise, gardening, meditation, or even getting coffee with a friend can be tremendous stress relievers for caregivers.

Set goals and Seek Solutions

When setting goals, be specific about what the goal is and what the possible steps are that you can take towards it. For example, if your goal is to take a break from care giving, take the extra step to say “I will take a break from care giving every Thursday for the next month,” and plan a stress-relieving activity such as taking a walk or seeing a friend.

Communicate

Refusing help when you need it shouldn’t be a constant choice. The phrase, ‘Thank you, but I’m fine,” is overused in the mouths of caregivers. You should be able to talk directly to people and be honest about how you feel. Asking for and accepting help is an important step in taking care of yourself. Pick the best time to make a request and prepare a list of things that need to get done. If someone offers to help, take advantage of the opportunity to get some well-deserved rest or relaxation, or to attend to your own priorities. Remind yourself (over and over if necessary) that it is OK and important to take a break from time to time.

Remember, your health as a caregiver is just as important as the health of your loved one. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to effectively care for someone else. If you feel stressed, reach out to friends, family, or the Alzheimer’s Association hotline found on their website www.alz.org.

Source: https://www.caregiver.org/taking-care-you-self-care-family-caregivers

Checklist for Hiring an in Home Care Provider

Home Care Provider & Elder Care Attorney in Bucks CountyMost people prefer to stay in their own home where they are comfortable, secure, and can be independent, rather than receive care in an assisted living/personal care facility.

However, if your loved one decides to remain in his or her home, support can be provided by a home health care provider. Home health care providers offer a wide range of services to ensure that your loved one is well cared for.. When you begin looking for the right home health care provider for your loved one, consider the following list of tips to help you find the right caregiver.

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5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Avoid Loneliness

Lonely old man staring out of a windowLoneliness has become a common hardship for seniors who live alone or who do not have the ability to leave their homes on a regular basis. With an increasing number of seniors living alone, isolation has become a growing concern for caregivers and loved ones. Social isolation can be dangerous for seniors, negatively impacting their mental and physical health, according to a Place for Mom. However, loneliness can be diminished, allowing seniors to live a more fulfilling and happy life.

Here are 5 ways to help your elderly loved one avoid feeling lonely.

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Caregiver Appreciation

As we know, May is Older Americans month but let’s also remember to celebrate the more than 45 million family members who care for seniors on a daily basis. On average, these caregivers provide 20 hours of unpaid caregiving support each week.

Josh Fotheringham, a former Apple software designer and current CEO of Caring in Place®developed the Caring in Place® iPhone app and online portal to help family members manage the complexities of caring for their aging loved ones.

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