Who Cares for the Caregiver?
Caregiving is a super demanding job, but it’s also one performed with a ton of love. It’s no wonder many caregivers are hesitant to turn over caregiving duties to others even if respite is needed. The fact is you can’t effectively care for someone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. Respite care helps you do that.
Here are just a few reasons caregivers might need respite care
To give your mind and body a break
Caregiver stress can cause a host of health problems, from heart disease and diabetes to headaches and gastrointestinal issues. Stress has been associated with accelerated aging and premature death. It’s important for caregivers to find ways to take a mental break and find ways to relieve stress. Whether it’s daily meditation, attending weekly church service, taking a fitness class, going to the movies or listening to music – finding ways to relax and reflect will only make you a better caregiver.
To go to the doctor
It can be easy to skip dental and doctor’s appointments when you are coordinating the medical care of someone else. It’s important for caregivers to get regular checkups and preventative care as it is for those they are caring for. Maintaining a balanced diet, getting an adequate amount of sleep each night and participating in some form of exercise will keep you in your best shape as a caregiver.
To spend time with your social or support network
Social isolation can lead to feelings of depression. People are social beings, and interacting with others is essential to our psychological well being. Whether it’s lunch with a friend or attending a support group meeting with other caregivers – connecting with others helps keep depression at bay and makes you a better caregiver.
Home Care Tip
Don’t wait until an emergency to explore your in-home care options. Respite Care is an excellent way to find an in-home caregiver you trust without the added stress of a family emergency.