Caring for Yourself
Comfort Keepers understands the stress a family caregiver feels and we’re here to help
While it certainly has its advantages, being a family caregiver can be mentally and physically challenging. With all the responsibilities of caregiving, it is easy to forget to take care of yourself and your needs too.
Many primary caregivers juggle work, kids, two households, and looking after a senior loved one. Over time, this tempo of life may have negative consequences on the health and emotional well-being of the care provider. Unfortunately, a lot of primary care providers overlook the symptoms of exhaustion and burnout, continuing with their overwhelming routine up to the point that they may seriously jeopardize their own health.
As a family caregiver, it is important to take proper care of not just your senior loved one but also yourself. Putting yourself and your needs first from time to time won’t make you a bad caregiver; on the contrary, it can improve your health and mood and solidify your relationship with your loved one.
At Comfort Keepers, we know how demanding the role of a family caregiver is. Most family members who take it upon themselves to care for an aging loved one do not have adequate caregiving training or relevant experience, meaning they learn how to be caregivers along the way. This process can involve many episodes of trial and error, which can leave both the caregiver and the senior frustrated.
If you are just starting as a caregiver, it is important to know that you do not have to go through it all alone. Our experienced care staff can help you by offering a myriad of useful resources on caregiving and providing you with advice and support. However, we can do much more than just guide you on this path.
Our expert, loving caregivers can provide you with all the assistance you need as well, offering services such as meal preparation and light housekeeping, incidental transportation, and companionship. We can offer these services for as long as you need – on a part-time or full-time basis.
What is crucial to keep in mind is that you can still look after your loved one, just passing on some of your daily obligations to our comfort care providers. This can enable you to remain the primary, family caregiver and focus on those aspects of care that you deem most significant. In other words, you can spend more quality time with your loved one and establish a healthy balance between caregiving and your job, family, and kids.
If this seems like a good solution for you and your loved one, give us a call today! We are happy to be of assistance!