Being the primary care-giver to a loved one, especially an aging loved one, is hard work. There may be times that you feel overwhelmed, or even that you need a break. As geriatric care managers, we understand the load that you carry and wanted to offer you 3 tips for self-care as you strive to care for your loved ones.
Tip 1 - Take time for yourself
Your time is being demanded in so many areas as a care-giver. It almost feels like you are doing things alone and in some cases you are. However, it is very important to take time for yourself. You might want to consider having time at the spa or even time getting your hair done. Having just a few hours away that are focused on yourself will help you have the energy to continue providing care for your loved ones.
Tip 2 - Talk with someone about your feelings
You don't need to seek out a professional counselor, but talking with someone about how you are feeling can be a great help. Having a trusted friend, a family member, or even a co-worker you can turn to will help you to feel supported in what you are doing. Keep in mind that if you find yourself focusing all of your conversations on feelings you are having about caring for your parents, you may turn some of those relationships sour. If you are reaching this point, it might be a good idea to seek out professional help to work through some of those feelings.
Tip 3 - Talk with a Geriatric Care Manager
A Geriatric Care Manager is an individual who is professionally trained to help you with your current situation. A Geriatric Care Manager can help you with all of the challenges and frustrations you are feeling. They can also find the help you need in order to care for your aging loved one in a way that doesn't add to your burdens. You do not need to carry this burden all alone. There is help right around the corner.
As you follow these 3 simple tips you will find that your time and energy are more focused on loving your loved ones than on the pressures you feel as a care giver. If you know of someone who is weighed down with the burdens of caring for a loved one, tell them about the help a Geriatric Care Manager can provide. There is no need for them to go at it alone. With Aging Solutions you have a friend and an advocate on your side.