Caring for an elderly loved one who needs help around the clock comes with many challenges and can be extremely exhausting. Understandably, you want to ensure that your loved one gets the best care possible. However, many caregivers are great attending to their loved ones but neglect their self-care. Here are some ways to combat “caregiver burnout” and keep yourself healthy.
Get Enough Sleep
If your loved one has trouble sleeping, then it’s probably safe to say, you may be up all night worrying about them or helping them try to get rest. If this sounds familiar, one way you can ensure you are getting proper rest is to consider outside help. Contact family and friends who may be able to help you with shifts. If the sleep problem becomes persistent with your elderly loved one, it may be time to consider an assisted living community.
Take a “Time-Out”
Just like parents who hire a babysitter to care for their children when they want some time to themselves, you can do the same for your elderly loved one. Enlisting the help of a family member, friend, or neighbor can allow you to do something for yourself a few days a week. Perhaps take a yoga class, or meditate every morning and evening to recharge.
Ensure You Are Eating a Healthy Diet
If you find yourself eating fast food and quick meals on the run, it may be time to re-evaluate your eating habits. Try planning a weekly menu for you and your elderly loved one. Eating healthy food together can keep you both energized. Combating sluggishness can go a long way when it comes to caring for an elderly loved one.
When It’s Time for Assisted Living
Caring for an elderly loved one around the clock with special needs can be both physically and mentally exhausting. If you are feeling overwhelmed when caring for your loved one, we can help. Contact The Abors Assisted Living today to learn how we can help your elderly loved one live their best senior life.