Caregiving is often an exhausting, draining job. Many caregivers find themselves pulled between their spouse or partner, their kids, their parents, and their grandchildren. Often, their own health and happiness are put on the backburner while they take care of everyone else. When a caregiver forsakes their health for the sake of their role in providing support for an aging parent, the results can be devastating. Side effects include burnout, fatigue, depression, self-neglect, and even family conflict. Caring for your elderly family member does not mean you should put your needs behind those of your ward. You need to take your own health seriously in order to better care for your senior. At Wesley Enhanced Living, we understand the stress you face as a caregiver. Our independent living communities offer a respite and compassionate care for your senior, giving you the help you need to make sure your loved one is cared for when you cannot be there. 5 Tips for Taking Care of Yourself Caring for your aging parent is not for the faint of heart. Be the best you possibly can when you take these steps:
  1. Focus on your health. There are many demands on you both mentally and physically. Take time to eat a healthy diet. Get plenty of rest. Try to make a few minutes for daily exercise. Visit your doctor regularly to keep an eye on your health.
  2. Seek support from other family members or a support group. Accept the fact that you are not a superhero! You are human and need help to fulfill these additional responsibilities. Ask for help from siblings, children, and grandchildren. Consider seeing a counselor to sort out the feelings and frustrations that can crop up occasionally when you are a caregiver.
  3. Write about your feelings. Keeping a journal can be very therapeutic. Not only can you write about your frustrations, but you can also write about your hopes and goals. You will not be a caregiver forever, so take time to dream about things you would like to do or trips you might want to take.
  4. Take some time off. Ask family to help out and give you a day off or even some vacation time. It is best to have regular time off from your duties so you can recharge and renew yourself.
Remember, you can be the best caregiver possible when you take time to focus on you and your needs. The independent living facilities at Wesley Enhanced Living can play an integral part in your caregiving responsibilities. Contact one of our Pennsylvania locations and find out why our seniors love living here. Our staff will be happy to discuss your elder’s needs, give you both a tour, and inform you of all our services. Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for your loved ones. Please visit our independent living communities to learn more or click here to request more information today.