Simple Ways to Care About Your Own Health Even as You Care for Your Seniors


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With more and more Baby Boomers retiring, many young adults are increasingly finding themselves in the complicated position of taking care of their own family and their parents. Their days juggle numerous activities that make them swing from one end to the other. One moment they are watching a ballet recital and the next they are picking up prescriptions for their parent while shopping for groceries on the way! Not only do these caregivers need to attend to their spouses, children, and elderly family members, but they may also have a boss they need to report to in their professional life.

The result is an increasing number of caregivers who are stressed, overwhelmed, overburdened and continually struggling to balance the demands on their time. Too often, they end up putting their own health at risk. At Home Instead Senior Care Brampton, we provide in-home senior care that allows you peace of mind knowing that your parent is in safe hands while you take a moment to sit back and rejuvenate.

6 Tips to Stay Healthy While Caring for Your Senior

Caregiving is rewarding but also extremely demanding. Look after yourself as you go about your duties with these simple tips and do not hesitate to ask for help when you need it:

  1. Replenish your mind and body: It is critical to find time to recharge yourself with energizing activities such as exercise, social events, or a hobby. Step out when you can to enjoy a lunch date with family or friends to feel rejuvenated.
  2. Pay attention to your health: With the constant demands of caring for others, you run a high risk of falling sick. Stay healthy with regular medical checkups to keep your health intact.
  3. Eat healthy: Gone are the days when you could probably consume a large chocolate milkshake and fries and not gain weight. As you age, you need to watch what you eat to stay healthy and give you the energy to keep up with caregiving.
  4. Get regular exercise: Even if you can squeeze in a twenty-minute walk three times a week, you will feel a whole lot better. Stepping out into the fresh air and sunshine can give you clarity of mind and a more restful sleep.
  5. Get sufficient sleep: Speaking of sleep, be sure you get enough to replenish your energy reserves. If you have trouble getting a full night’s sleep, try to squeeze in a nap, or consider having a home care helper to give you a chance to catch up on your rest times.
  6. Reach out for help: You are not Superman or Wonder Woman. It is wise to seek help when you need it. Reach out to other family members, support groups, or home care services like Home Instead Senior Care. We also provide respite care, so you can recharge or attend to your own appointments knowing your senior family member is well cared for.

Your parents, spouse, kids and even your employer will be better served when you nurture and see to your own needs properly. A professional CAREGiver from Home Instead Senior Care can help enormously with a variety of in-home care options and support. Our caregivers are highly trained and committed to assist you in getting the rest you need.

Call us at (905) 463-0860 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in the Brampton area.


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