Being a senior’s primary caregiver can be demanding and stressful. Many others are in the same situation. According to the survey, one in three Canadians age 45 to 60 reported being caregivers to aging family members. 80 percent of senior care is provided by friends and family.
It doesn’t matter how much affection you have for the person you are caring for, you need proper breaks from caregiving. Nonstop caregiving will drain your energy. It will mess up your mental health. After a break, you will come back with your battery recharged. it makes you feel better refreshed.
A recharge could be anything. It can be just a day away with your close friends, an afternoon of personal time, or an exercise break. Or it could be a getaway or going away from all of it. Following ways helps you to get refreshed yourself,
Family and friends want to help. They just do not know-how. As a caregiver, you can make it easy on yourself and with them as well by always having a list of assignments ready, like preparing meals, picking up a few things at the supermarket, going for a walk with the senior, or staying with him or her from time-to-time. Guide your loved one to accept the idea, be sure to involve him or her in making the arrangements.
Other than scheduling regular respites, Comfort Keepers® suggests you to follow any of these in your life,
Find these online resources for caregiving support and advice.