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6 Ways Family Caregivers Can Build Resilience

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

We’d be lying if we said providing home care in Warren for a senior loved one was an easy task. And, sometimes it’s hard to remember that taking care of yourself is also an important part of being a family caregiver. Read on for some tips to help you build resilience as a caregiver so you may maintain a high quality of life for both you and your senior family member.

1. Get Enough Sleep

While sleep may feel like “wasted time,” on the contrary–it’s necessary time your body needs to rejuvenate and stay healthy. Most adults need six to eight hours a night to remain mentally and physically healthy.

2. Manage Your Own Health

If you care for an aging loved one, you may be so wrapped up in their health issues that you forget about your own. Keep up with preventive care and see your doctor if you get sick or have concerns.

3. Reach Out for Support

Joining a support group for family caregivers, whether online or in person, can help you connect with others who understand what you’re going through.

4. Learn to Delegate

Let your other family members help with the tasks they are able to help with, even if it is as small as your teenager packing his or her own lunch. You can also find hourly or live-in care in Warren for your senior loved one. Even if a professional caregiver only comes a few times a week, it gives you a respite and a chance to relax and recharge.

5. Take Steps to Reduce Stress

Try to take time each day to do something you enjoy that helps you to relax. This can be yoga, meditation, reading a few chapters of a good book, or just taking a hot bath.

6. Accept Yourself as You Are

Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can each day, and that no one is a “perfect” caregiver.

Are you looking for a Warren caregiver for your senior loved one? You’ve come to the right place. Home Care Assistance is Warren’s trusted provider of hourly and live-in care, as well as specialized care for advanced conditions. Contact an experienced Care Manager at 908.450.9400 and learn more about the benefits of senior home care.