Make These Choices to Be a More Effective Caregiver

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Choices are a big part of caregiving. You’re usually making choices about your senior and her life, though. What types of choices are you making for yourself? They matter a lot more than you might be willing to admit, too.

Senior Care in Coconut Creek FL: Be a More Effective Caregiver
Senior Care in Coconut Creek FL: Be a More Effective Caregiver

Prioritize Sleep

Sleep is incredibly underrated, especially in a society that expects everyone to go more and to do more. But when you prioritize sleep over getting more done, a funny thing happens. You have more energy to be able to get things done and you might even find that you start doing things like exercising more often or spending time just doing what you love to do. It can all start with getting more rest.

Watch What You Eat

Healthy foods don’t have to be difficult, but they do require a little more planning and forethought than convenience foods do. There’s a reason those foods are convenient, unfortunately. Start by swapping out just a few of the unhealthier food options you rely on now for healthy counterparts. Prep some of these foods for yourself and make sure they’re available. You might just find you’re reaching for healthier options more often, which will make you start to expand your choices.

Rethink Sugar and Caffeine

Two of the things that you might really rely on as a caregiver could be sugar and caffeine. Both can give you a burst of much-needed energy, but there are negatives to both. Sugar and caffeine never do as much for you as you hope they will and they almost always bring with them a big crash that feels worse than before. Start cutting back a bit and you’ll find it gets easier over time.

Talk to Your Doctor

It might have been a while since you’ve been to your own doctor, even though as a caregiver you know that medical appointments are important stuff. Take the time to talk to your doctor about any concerns you’ve noticed or changes you want to make. Now is definitely the time to ensure that you’re doing all that you can to keep yourself as healthy as possible.

Being a caregiver is a big responsibility. It means that you’re making big choices on a regular basis for your senior around her health and well-being. You need to be making some of those same big choices for yourself so that you’re still able to be the caregiver you want to be.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring Senior Care in Coconut Creek, 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.