Family Caregivers Need to Take Care
As the calendar flips to another New Year, take the time to reflect on how you can improve areas of your life. If you are a family caregiver, you must take time for yourself so you can be at your very best for your loved one.
Family Caregivers Need to Keep Moving
If you are spending time long hours in a hospital or rehab setting with your loved one, here are some tips to sneak movement into your life while your family member is napping or otherwise occupied.
- Walk up and down stairwells
- Go visit the baby nursery (in a hospital)
- Take a walk to the lobby
- Walk up and down the halls every hour
If you cannot leave your loved one unattended at home, there are many websites to help you with some easy home workouts and stretches.
Family Caregivers Need to Eat Well
It is important for family caregivers to take care of themselves and remain healthy. Good nutrition is necessary in keeping up your strength and having a positive attitude.
- Here is a link to NIH Benefits of Eating Well.
I know how hard it is to prepare meals in a time crunch.
Here are a couple of links with some quick, easy and healthy dishes:
- 31 Healthy Meals in 10 mins or less
- 51 Quick and Healthy 3 ingredient meals (I am going to try the baked egg in an avocado-that sounds great!)
Some quick reminders:
- Have breakfast for dinner.
- Think outside of the box.
- Make double and freeze a meal.
- Use store bought rotisserie chicken.
- Check the labels and watch the sodium.
Get a Respite Break
Of course, getting out of the house and away for a few hours can be helpful. Do not feel guilty. You need to take care of yourself. If friends or family members ask what you need, be honest and tell them. See if they can come over and give you a break. Remember, you need to be at your best to be the best caregiver for your loved one.
If you don’t have any friends or family who can give you a break, you can use a professional caregiving agency like Apple Care for your respite needs.