This November is National Family Caregiver Month. It’s the perfect opportunity to recognize those who make hard choices every day to ensure that their loved ones can stay at home as long as possible. Without their dedication and service aging individuals would be forced to make decisions they would rather avoid, decisions that could very well affect their quality of life. However, it’s important for caregivers to take time for themselves, to rest and recharge their batteries. Keep in mind that studies have shown that family caregivers who do take personal time are able to provide a better quality of care to their dependent loved ones.
Aging Individuals are Depending on Family More Than Ever Before
Our loved ones are living longer than ever before. The average life expectancy in The United States is now almost 79 years. That’s up nearly four full years from 1990! Also, our loved ones are choosing to age in place at home more often now than ever before. In fact, it’s estimated that only 1% of American between the ages of 65 and 74 live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
This is great news! Aging individuals are happier, healthier, and more secure. They can stay with family longer and a family caregiver receives “bonus years” with their loved one they may have previously missed out on. In fact, The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP reports that over 44 million people give some type of support or at-home care to an elderly individual or an adult with disabilities.
The Importance of Caregiver Time
However, that dedication can take a significant mental and physical toll on a family caregiver and lead to health problems, depression, and a decreased ability to care for their loved one.
But it doesn’t have to. The Caregiver Action Network recommends RESPITE for all caregivers.
Rest and Relaxation – Allows family caregivers time to take care of their own needs and return to their duties refreshed.
Energize – By using time off to really refuel your physical and emotional needs (not necessarily just to nap.)
Sleep – is important as well and deprivation can lead to stress, mood changes, irritability, and even health problems—so get your Zs!
Programs Can Help – You don’t have to go it alone. A family caregiver can find help in local or national organizations and associations designed to provide resources and assistance. Second Family Home Care is one such resource, providing trustworthy and reliable caregivers so you can take a little time for yourself and rest easy.
Imagination – is key to your mental health. Engage in activities that really take your mind of your daily duties: read, go to a show, watch a movie, take a hike!
Take Five – Don’t feel guilty about carving out some “Me Time.” Your loved ones will understand.
Second Family Home Care in Plano, Texas Can Help You Rest and Recharge
We understand the courage, dedication, and caring of all family caregivers and applaud all the great work that you do. Our professional at-home care givers are here to assist you in whatever way they can. In addition to hands-on and companion care for your loved one, we can help you with much needed respite time or assist with daily chores so that you’re never feeling overwhelmed or overworked. Contact us or call (972) 347-0700 to schedule a consultation today.