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Care for the Caregiver – Respite Care RequiredPosted Jul 22, 2015
Common sense dictates that if you do not take care of yourself, you will not be able to care for others. Caregivers are notorious for caring for everyone else at their own expense, allowing their own health to deteriorate. This, of course, can have disastrous consequences for both caregiver and care recipient.
There is a reason airlines tell you to always put the oxygen mask on yourself before you help others – you can’t help others when you are incapacitated.
If you are a caregiver spouse over the age of 66 years old, you have a 63% higher risk of dying than other people your age. The combination of prolonged stress and physical demands of care giving and the physiological vulnerabilities that come at this age raise the risk for serious health issues.
The Baby Boomer generation who take on the care giving roll, are juggling care for parents, work and adolescent children. This can spell depression, chronic illness and a decline in quality of life. It’s easily cured with a little respite care.
If done right, care giving can be very rewarding and watching your loved one thrive under your care can give you complete peace of mind as to their well being.
The key is to take care of yourself first! Some of the most common problems that are evident for caregivers are:
- Sleep Deprivation
- Poor eating habits
- Failure to exercise
- Failure to stay in bed when ill
- Failure to make or keep medical appointments for yourself
You must take on the responsibility of care for yourself as well as your loved one. You must not feel that it is selfish to look after yourself or that you are inadequate if you have to ask for help. You have nothing to prove except that you are a sensible person who realizes that you too need help from time to time.
Whatever promises you made to your mother about caring for your father; and whatever you say to yourself about the fact that no one else can do this but you; you must release these barriers and get rid of any negative self-talk in order to give yourself permission to have some respite care.
Once you give yourself permission to accept respite care, call Always Home Homecare. After doing up the free assessment, we can get the shifts in place that will allow you to escape for a spa day, a movie, bowling night or dinner with the girls/boys. We can do the bathing, housekeeping, meal preparation and just about anything else that needs doing while you are gallivanting and reducing stress.
You may even need a night shift or two just to catch up on some sleep. We can help. Do not let the stress build to the point where your health is at risk. After all who will look after you?