Looking after an elderly loved one can be very emotionally rewarding. It’s quite common, however, for those providing care for family members or friends to experience caregiver stress – especially if they have a job or their own family to care for. Who is responsible for taking care of the caregiver? It may sound counterintuitive, but it is extremely important for caregivers to take care of themselves! At Renaissance, our Adult Day Care services may be utilized to provide family caregivers with relief during the day, while keeping seniors physical and socially active. Here’s a closer look at some ways caregivers can ensure their own health and wellness.
Self-Care Tips for Caregivers
Proper self-care boils down to self-awareness and, in a sense, logic. After all, if the caregiver burns out, they will be less able to take care of their loved one and to juggle their other responsibilities, which would be a lose-lose situation. Here is some advice for caregivers of elderly family members or friends.
1. Keep Your Expectations in Check
You are not a wizard with a magic wand that can fix everything. Stay realistic about what you can take on and budget your time accordingly. Sometimes, setting a daily routine or objectives not only keeps you on track, but it also allows you to appreciate what you are doing.
2. Accept Help When You Need It
There is no shame in allowing others to pitch in or asking for a little assistance yourself. Many times, people just don’t know how to help a caregiver, even if they want to. They may assume it means they have to physically provide care. The truth is, they can help a lot by picking up groceries, dropping off a package, or looking after the kids for a few hours.
3. Know the Signs of Burnout
At the top of every caregiver self-care checklist should be a quick assessment to determine whether or not you are exhibiting symptoms of stress and burnout. Are you getting crankier than usual or feeling more and more emotional? Do you feel physically drained? Are you starting to suffer from anxiety or depression? It is vitally important that you reach out for help before you are too overwhelmed.
4. Take Time for Yourself
It’s like getting regular maintenance for your car rather than waiting for it to break down. Whether it’s carving out a few hours a week for a massage or daily alone time to decompress, you must put your health and wellness first. You deserve to enjoy your life, too – don’t feel guilty about needing to have a little fun or relax every now and then!
Seeking Adult Day Care Services for Assistance
A great way to free up some time and space for yourself is to take advantage of adult day care services, such as those offered by Renaissance. Renaissance adult day care programs are designed holistically, not only for physical wellness but also to be fun and social so that your loved one can feel more fulfilled and engaged. Apart from regular activities that incorporate a variety of therapies, such as cognitive and sensory stimulation, Renaissance organizes amazing senior day trips and special events, which our clients love; a win-win all around!
To find out more about what we offer in our adult day care program, contact us today. We’d be happy to help out and to answer your questions.