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Sometimes a caregiver needs care, too! If other people rely on you, it's important to make sure your own health and welfare are in good order. There are many local agencies and programs that can make your job easier, but there are some positive steps you can take right now in your own home:
• Make sure you are eating right
• Get enough sleep
• Engage in some exercise
• Make time for family, friends, and hobbies
• Take time for prayer, reflection, and relaxation
Residents of Beaver, Allegheny, and Lawrence Counties know they can count on Heart 2 Heart Home Care.
If you are the sole caregiver for a family member - a special-needs child, an elderly parent, or anyone else - you may feel as though you have no one to turn to. Heart 2 Heart Home Care will help you provide the best possible care, as well as provide you with the resources you need to do the best job you can.
Did you know that roughly 44 million Americans regularly care for an elderly relative or friend? An estimated 80% of senior care is provided by family and friends.
No matter how dedicated you may be to your loved one's care, everyone needs a "time-out" every once in a while. "Respite care" simply allows you to take a few hours off in the afternoon to run your errands, or even enjoy a vacation for a week or more.
You might feel guilty about taking time off for yourself. Don't be! You will be able to return happier, healthier, and more ready to care for your loved one. Think of this as time for you to re-charge your exhausted batteries. Options for respite care include:
• Professional in-home care providers such as Heart 2 Heart Home Care
• Churches / volunteer organizations
• Senior centers or local Area Agencies on Aging
• Relatives and friends
If a friend or family member is willing to help, be sure you offer them a list of assignments and helpful hints such as preparing meals, buying items at the store, going for a walk, etc. Be sure you discuss your time off with your loved one, too, and involve him or her in the decision!
The Internet provides a wealth of resources on caregiving and being a caregiver - but don't forget to do a little research on your loved one's particular condition as well. The links below provide valuable resources and support for caregivers: