Dealing with caregiver stress is significant in one’s life. It can take a toll on your emotional health, mental state of mind, and even your physical well-being. The longer stress is allowed to endure and carry on, the more it’s going to affect a person in a negative way.
Getting a break every once in a while is absolutely essential for those family members or friends who are providing care and support to a loved one. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a parent, sibling, spouse, best friend, or even a neighbor; these little breaks can make a world of difference.
For those who simply don’t think they have time for a break because this senior requires a significant level of care every single day, home care support services are a great option. A home care aide hired through an agency can work for two or more hours a day, one, two, five, or even seven days a week. It all depends on the needs of the elderly client and the support system they have surrounding them.
Caregiver Break #1: Playing games.
When was the last time you played a game? It could be tennis, golf, a board game, card games, or something else. If it’s been a long time and these are activities you enjoy, it’s time to consider playing games once again.
The simple act of sitting down with friends or loved ones to play a game can help you relax, unwind, and feel stress begin to evaporate from you. That is, unless you are extremely competitive, in which case, this may not be the best way to alleviate stress.
Caregiver Break #2: Taking a hot bath.
Soaking in a hot bubble bath can help many people feel more relaxed. You might not feel you have time to do this, but hiring a home care aide for just two hours once a week may give you the opportunity to do this one stress relieving activity, which can be essential to your emotional and mental state of mind.
Caregiver Break #3: Going for a walk.
It doesn’t take long to go for a brisk walk. You can take a 15 minute walk, an hour walk, or any length of time in between. When you are walking outside, being surrounded by fresh air and nature, it can be invigorating and a great stress reliever.
Caregiver Break #4: Spending time with friends.
Maybe you spent time with your friends consistently until you became a family caregiver. Now is the time to get back to those things. Just have coffee or tea in the afternoon for 15 or 30 minutes once a week and you may feel better afterward.
Caregiver Break #5: Reading.
When people are overwhelmed with stress and so many things to do they often stop reading… If you don’t have time, revisit the idea of hiring a home care aide and make sure you take care of yourself first.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Tanglewood, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.
He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.
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