At Care Indeed, our Walnut Creek in home caregivers know that caring for an aging loved one can be stressful. Whether you're an adult caring for your elderly parent, a niece who takes care of an aging aunt or uncle, or a grown grandchild caring for a grandparent, you may not realize just how stressed out you really are. We have a few quick questions that will help you decide if it may be time to do something different.
Answering "yes" to just two or three of the questions above could indicate that your duties as a caregiver are stressing you out. It is important to maintain a good quality of life, so that you can take good care of an aging loved one as well as yourself - and before you experience caregiver burnout.
Our Walnut Creek home caregivers have a few suggestions to help you overcome the stress and protect your own health.
First of all, make yourself a priority. It's easy to put yourself and your own needs second when caring for an aging loved one. Take time for yourself to relax, read a book, go for a walk. If your house hasn't been cleaned in a while and it's bothering you, take time to clean it - you'll feel better. Set aside a specific time during the week devoted to only you and your family, and other than an emergency, don't let anything get in the way of that special time.
Consider hiring an in home caregiver. Even if it's just for a few hours a couple of days each week or a 12-hour shift, having a compassionate and trained caregiver to come into your loved one's home can be a huge relief. You get the peace of mind knowing your loved one is being well cared for, and some much needed rest or time to enjoy hobbies/activities. Our caregivers help those who are aging with such things as hygiene, cooking, housekeeping, getting dressed, taking medication, laundry, shopping, or whatever else needs to be done.
If you're a caregiver who needs a little time out, give Care Indeed a call today. We provide flexible home care services to suit your life, and the life of an aging loved one. Servicing the Bay Area, we invite you to learn more about our services today.
Home care is derived from the belief that older adults should be able to age at home with the level of care they need to be safe and comfortable.