Caregiving for someone when they are struggling or chronically ill really shows how much this person cares about their loved one. If you are a caregiver and your loved one requires near-constant care and attention, you might tend to forget to take care of yourself.
However, you have to remember that you’re as important to the equation as the one you’re taking care of. Carers need a break too. So, it is necessary that you also get the support you need as you provide care to your loved one.
How can you look after yourself and maintain your own health when caregiving?
Investigate home care services.
Caring for your loved one can take up a lot of your time. Consider obtaining a home care package to help you out. Not only would your loved one be placed in safe, capable and well-trained hands, but you will be able to find the time to look after yourself and other responsibilities without compromising your loved one’s lifestyle.
Professional home care services provide the benefits of in-home care, ensuring that your loved one will still be in a familiar environment. Additionally, the professional home care provider has a set of skills specifically to help care for your loved one. Village Glen Flexicare Home Support offers home care on the Mornington Peninsula and we can guide you through the process of obtaining a home care package from the Government.
Consider Day Respite Centres
Along with home care services, it is worth investigating whether day respite services may be for you and your loved one. Day respite services are where you can take your loved one to be looked after by a team of aged care experts for the day. Your loved one can socialise with other people, go on outings, do activities and be looked after while you are looking after yourself. Village Glen offers day respite services, so please contact us for more information about this.
Recognise how important you are
Caregiving is an important job, as you make someone’s life as easy and comfortable as you can. But sometimes, it might get too much, especially when personal factors compete with your responsibilities.
To keep the stress at bay, try to take even a few minutes every day to think of the impact you make and how important your care is. Think of the difference you make in a person’s life and how that gratifies your heart.
Look after yourself
Take a break to rejuvenate yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. Recharge your batteries and make sure you are letting yourself do the things you love and make you happy.
Get home care services with Village Glen.
If you’re interested in getting home care services for your loved one or enquiring about day respite services, reach out to us at Village Glen. For enquiries and more information, call us at 1300 VILL GLEN.