A growing number of individuals are providing full-time care to loved ones as they age or recover from a serious illness. While rewarding, serving as a caregiver can be emotionally and physically exhausting. If you are currently acting as a caregiver for a loved one, understanding when and where to find support and maintaining your own wellbeing will better protect the health of both you and those you care for.
Try following some of these self-care steps:
- Accept help from others.
- Find and join a support group.
- Maintain your relationships with your friends and family members.
- Don’t neglect your own health, make time to exercise, eat healthy, and see your doctor.
Taking the occasional break can benefit both you and your loved one. Respite care can involve a professional health care aide coming to your home, or taking your loved one to a facility where they specialize in the type of care desired.
Managing your own emotional and physical health will give you the strength and energy you need to care for your loved one. Caregivers can often feel isolated, depressed, and overwhelmed, so do not hesitate to seek support and accept help when needed.