Family caregivers are faced with the possibility of caregiver stress, burnout, or declining medical health while providing long-term care for a family member or other loved one. There are solutions!
This final video in a five-part video series sponsored by Home Instead Senior CareR focuses on the need for family caregivers to take care of themselves through rest, proper diet, and exercise while maintaining their own health and medical care.
Some quick tips on caring for the caregiver:
It’s easier to get proper exercise if you choose an activity that you enjoy. Consider joining a walking club, salsa dance class, water aerobics or other exercise that suits your style.
Take a break. Get plenty of rest and schedule regular respite care. Also, enlist others in your care giving plan and call upon family and friends to help out on a regular basis.
Eat healthy. Enjoy a diet with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Avoid the temptation to visit the local fast food window for a quick hunger fix!
Maintain regular doctors’ appointments. Scheduling your regular exams may seem like a low priority, but your health is the backbone of a good caregiving plan.
Indulge yourself. Schedule a regular treat such as massage, weekend retreat, or simply a quiet walk with a friend.
Join a support group. Contact your local resources such as a local Area Agency on Aging office to find a support group that fits your needs.
Finally, remember that you are not alone in your caregiving role and there are others waiting to help!
If you have a suggestion for protecting your health while serving as a family caregiver, please share your ideas with our caregiver forum.
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.