Caring for another person is hard work, and often, caregivers forego caring for themselves to ensure all their attention is bestowed upon their elderly relative. As a caregiver, it’s easy to let your needs go to the wayside, but caring for yourself is just as important as the care you provide others. The staff at Phoenix Home Care Assistance understands both the demands of the job, as well as the importance of caring for yourself. Here are a few ways caregivers can care for themselves in the upcoming year.
Protect Your Physical Health
Have you neglected your personal physical health in order to provide care for your senior loved one? Stop. It’s easy to do, but you’re putting both your own health and your relative’s care at risk. If you become ill or burnout, you can’t care for your loved one. Protect your health by keeping up on recommended health screenings, eating a well-balanced diet, and exercising regularly.
Get Proper Rest
Because your duties are vital to the health of another individual, you need to be alert and rested at all times. Try to get at least seven hours of restful sleep each night. It can be difficult to get enough sleep when balancing both your schedule and someone else’s, but studies have shown that not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your immune system, memory, and increase weight gain.
Ask for Help
Caring for a senior relative, regardless of how much love them, can be a tiring task. If you’ve felt burnout at any point during this year, commit to asking for help in 2015. Reach out to other family members, even if it’s just for an hour here or there. If family is unable to provide additional help, consider hiring an hourly caregiver in Phoenix. A caregiver can help assist your loved one with all his or her daily needs while giving you a much needed break.
Thank Others for Help
When others help you with your caregiving duties, always remember to genuinely thank them for their services. You can accomplish this task in a variety of ways, such as sending out handwritten thank you cards, baking cookies, or sending a thoughtful e-mail. Thanking others will not only make them feel appreciated, but it will remind you of the wonderful support network you have.
While caring for an elderly loved one is overwhelming at times, it is also extremely rewarding. Practice the aforementioned tips regularly and you will find 2015 to be an outstanding year. If you’re interested in hiring a caregiver in Phoenix for your loved one, reach out to a qualified Care Manager at Home Care Assistance of Phoenix. A Care Manager can walk you through the hourly and live-in services available and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation. Call (602) 388-1085 today and receive the extra help you need.