Caring For The Caregiver
Caring for an ageing loved one is a difficult but fulfilling task. It’s easy as a caregiver to become so wrapped up in the care of another you neglect yourself. Taking care of yourself will help you give the best care possible to a loved one, so don’t forget about your own health.
Care For The Caregiver
Ask For Help
There is no shame in asking for help. The day to day life of caring for a loved one with a disease such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be exhausting. You should ask your family and or children to help share some of the more basic day to day tasks. You should never feel alone in caring for a loved one.
Many insurance companies have policies where they allow part-time in-home care assistance. This can help immensely in the overall day to day tasks such as Feeding, administering medications, bathing and companionship.
If you find that you are spending too much time on menial tasks such as grocery shopping and picking up medication outsource it. There are many companies now that offer delivery and pickup services. Even grocery stores such as Save-on offer online ordering and home delivery. For more specific tasks, you can use courier companies such as Postmates. Although they aren’t available in the lower mainland yet, they soon will be.
Make Time For Yourself
The most important part of caring for a loved one is making sure you have some “you” time in the day. You should set aside a few hours of the day for personal things that help maintain your physical and mental health. Go for a walk, watch your favourite show or spend time with your family.
At Riverside Senior Living we believe that happy and rested caregivers give the best care. So take some time and figure out how you can lessen the stress on yourself.