Keeping Yourself Healthy in Your Caregiver Journey

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When you make the decision to become a family caregiver for your elderly loved one, it is easy to get so focused on fulfilling their needs and ensuring that they living their highest quality of life that you forget to take care of yourself.

Keeping yourself healthy, however, is critical to not only preserving your own well-being but also making sure that you can be the best caregiver for your parent and the others that rely on you throughout this care journey. It is vital to make caring for yourself a part of your care routine just as you would any other element of your care for your parent.

 

Homecare in Aventura FL: Keeping Yourself Healthy

Homecare in Aventura FL: Keeping Yourself Healthy

 

Use these tips to keep yourself healthy on your caregiver journey:

Schedule time to yourself away from your care efforts. Keep this as you would any appointment and use the time to do something that you enjoy, even if it is just lying on the couch watching your favorite TV show

Make time to enjoy being with your partner. Date nights, running errands together, or just eating a meal together in the middle of the day gives you a chance to reconnect, relax, and ease your stress

Focus on eating a healthy diet. Being a caregiver can make you feel as though you are always on the run, and that can leave you relying on convenient food items. Rather than going through the drive-thru or eating other unhealthy options, pack snacks that will give you the nutrients that you need, such as nuts, fruits, sandwiches, cheese, and similar items

Establish a sleep schedule to ensure that you get the rest that you need to function and stay healthy

Practice germ control, including relying on respite care if you begin to feel ill so that you can get rest and washing your hands regularly

 

Making the decision to be a family caregiver for your aging parent can be one of the most fulfilling and meaningful decisions that you can make in your life.

It can also present you with a tremendous amount of stress and leave you feeling stretched thin and even overwhelmed. If you begin to feel this way, or you simply feel that your aging parent would benefit from more diverse care, now may be the ideal time for you to introduce home care into their routine. An in-home senior care services provider can step in to fill care gaps, handle potentially sensitive care tasks that you or your parent might be uncomfortable with you handling, and offer support and assistance that can encourage your parent to maintain more independence and activity as they age in place. These highly personalized services can help your parent to maintain a higher quality of life while also supporting your health, well-being, and quality of life as well.

 

If you or a family member are in need of  Homecare in Aventura, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.

Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.