Six Simple Rules Living As A Home Caregiver

Family members can suffer great emotional and physical hardship due to the care of a loved one that is disabled or suffering from a disease. Fortunately, there are many things that a home caregiver can do to ensure the best care for their loved ones and also attend to their own needs. While care giving can be extremely rewarding, it can quickly take a toll on the well being of the caregiver. Here are six simple rules that can make life a bit easier.

Rule One: Take Care of Yourself Home Caregiver

Caretakers should attend to their own health and wellness by eating well, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep. Tired, fatigued, or sick caretakers won’t be able to make good decisions or handle frustrating times.

Rule Two: Connect with Other Caregivers

Quite frequently caregivers feel alone. Connecting with others in the same situation will allow caretakers to share wisdom and strength, and will make them feel less isolated and lonely. Whether this is online or attending group meeting, this connection can be very helpful.

Rule Three: Educate Yourself

Knowledge is power! Knowing as much as possible about the condition of the one you are caring for and how it will affect their emotions, physical being, and behavior will help the caretaker prepare for the demand he or she will face.

Rule Four: Get Help.

Caregivers should enlist the help of other family members, if possible, so that they take breaks and enjoy regular down time. If regular family members or close friends are not able to fill in, respite care is another option.

Rule Five: Be an Advocate

The caregiver should speak out on the behalf of the one they care for and should also ask any necessary questions. The caretaker should also be prepared to help navigate legal and financial issues, as well as help make decisions regarding rehabilitative or nursing care.

Rule Six: Use Humor Daily

Now, I know it may not be often you hear the words humor in the same sentence with speaking with a disabled or ill diseased person, but it truly can make a difference. When you feel frustration coming on, due to some situation that has occurred, take a deep breath and make a humorous comment to ease the tension. Realize that your loved one can not help or understand what they may be doing so why not make the best of the situation.

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10 Ways to Deal With Home Caregiver Stress

Studies show that an estimated 21% of households in the United States are impacted by caregiving responsibilities, according to AARP.  Caregivers provide care to someone age 18 and older who is ill or has a disability. Helping to care for elderly parents, a disabled child or veteran in the home, often will cause home caregiver stress and an emotional toll. One study found that as many as one in three caregivers rate their stress level as high.caregiving stress

There are a number of reasons home caregiver stress is affecting so many households. The desires of the family or patient to stay in their own home, the expense of caregiving facilities and the concern of the quality of care are among a few things that the number of home caregivers if growing.

I personally have found myself in this situation, caring for my mother who has dementia. My brother and I share the responsibilities of her care from home after my father unexpectedly passed away early 2016. It has been a struggle to balance our lives and care. She does not want to be removed from her home and does not want strangers coming in to assist with caregiving. We are working hard to comply with her wishes but she does continue to decline. The dementia and severe depression of the loss of my dad after 62 years married is taking a toll. And in turn, causing home caregiver stress on myself and brother.

But when you’re caring for others, it’s critical that you first take care of yourself. By not doing so, you put yourself at risk of exhaustion, health problems and even total burnout.

These 10 tips will help keep your caregiver stress in check:

1.Put your physical needs first

Maintain a nutritious diet and get enough good quality sleep. Half of home caregivers who said their health had gotten worse due to caregiving also said the decline in their health has affected their ability to provide care.

2. Connect with friends

Isolation increases stress. Getting together regularly with friends can keep negative emotions at bay.

3. Ask for help

Make a list of things you have to do and seek help from friends and neighbors in your area. Even faraway relatives and friends can manage certain tasks.

4. Call on community resources

Consider asking a geriatric care manager to coordinate all aspects of your loved one’s care. Volunteers or staff from faith-based organizations or civic groups might visit, cook or help you with driving.

5. Take a break

You deserve it. Plus, your ailing family member might benefit from someone else’s company.

6. Deal with your feelings

Bottling up your emotions takes a toll on your psyche — and even on your physical well-being. Share feelings of frustration with friends and family.  Seek support from co-workers who are in a similar situation.

7. Find time to relax

Doing something you enjoy, such as reading, walking or listening to music, can recharge your batteries. Even do some meditation to soothe yourself.

8. Get organized

Simple tools like calendars and to-do lists can help you. Even consider an erasable board with the day of the week and current date with daily priorities.

9.Just say no

Accept the fact that you simply can’t do everything! Resist the urge to take on more activities, projects or financial obligations than you can handle.

10. Stay positive

Do your best to avoid negativity. This can be extremely difficult when the loved one is in physical or emotional pain. Reading motivational books or listening to sound tracks can help a lot.

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