There are many resources for caregivers because they are needed, the daily life of a caregiver can be overwhelming, particularly if the caregiver feels alone and isolated.
Caregiving can mean a variety of things, the term refers to taking care of the emotional and physical needs of a loved one at home, but the needs of that individual can vary. For some it means making meals and helping with personal care, for others it also includes medical procedures and watching over issues of dementia. When the level of care increases, so does the likelihood of a caregiver being exhausted and frustrated. Talking with a personal consultant can help.
What Types of Resources for Caregivers Are Available?
Depending on your situation, there are ways to secure support. If you are experiencing depression and stress, solutions are available to you. Talk over options with your personal counselor, friends and family to make the best choice for your situation.
For example, there may be a home health service or an adult day care option that would give a caregiver some space and time to relax and pursue activities that enrich their own lives. While an individual is being taken care of at an adult day care program, a place to participate in activities and socialize, their caregiver can take care of their own health through joining an exercise group, walking in nature to clear their minds, or connecting with friends.
If you need a break from caregiving, look into resources for caregivers. The following places may be sources of support for you and your family:
- Adult day care
- Agencies on aging
- Aides for private care
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Caregiver support agencies
- Caregiver support groups
- RetireGuide.com – What is Medicare?
- RetireGuide.com – A Caregivers Guide to Medicare
Prioritize the Health of the Caregiver
When taking care of others, it is essential to remember you are not able to take care of anyone else without taking care of yourself. Neglecting your own health only adds stress and problems to a caregiving situation.
This means the caregiver keeps their own doctor check ups and has any health issues addressed right away. Don’t put your health on the back burner. And before health issues start, take measures to keep yourself as healthy as possible. Some of the things you can begin doing right way include regular exercise, relaxation techniques (some of these include deep breathing, yoga, stretching, and gratitude practices), eat balanced meals complete with fresh produce and whole foods, and get a good night’s sleep. Too often, people chip away at their sleep thinking they are being productive. But sleep is more important than individual’s realize. When people are sleep deprived, their mood, energy, and mental health suffers.
Talk Through Caregiver Concerns
When seeking resources for caregivers, it is common to first think of medical logistics. While these are essential, don’t overlook the power of connecting with other people for healing. Caregiver support groups are a place to talk about problems with others who understand. Places to feel connected and learn from the experiences of others.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.