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How Can You Find Time to Stay Healthy Taking Care of an Aging Parent?

May is Family Wellness Month and if you are a family caregiver, taking care of an aging parent, for example, you may have begun to realize just how much time this is taking out of your life. You might even be completely overwhelmed with stress and anxiety just because you have become a family caregiver.

Caregiver Stress in Long Island NY: Staying Healthy

Caregiver Stress in Long Island NY: Staying Healthy

The more care and support a person requires, the more pressure it places on their primary support system. You may have begun to realize that your health is taking a turn for the worse. You might not be exercising like you normally did. Your diet may be poor. You might be grabbing fast food more frequently because you simply don’t have time to do anything else.

There are things you can do that can help. Here are a few things that can help you stay healthy this month, whether you’re taking care of an elderly parent, spouse, sibling, disabled adult child, or anyone else.

Consider hiring assistance.

A home care aide or series of caregivers is a great asset for just about anyone who needs support throughout the day. You can hire a home care aide through an agency for just two hours one or two days a week to start.

That could be more than enough for you to stay focused on exercise, preparing healthy meals, and having some all-important down time for your emotional state of mind.

Exercise together.

As long as this person who requires assistance has been given the green light to exercise by their doctor, this can be a wonderful activity for both of you. That senior is not likely going to be able to do the same things you can, but if you exercise together it offers encouragement to everyone involved.

Understand your limitations.

If you want to take care of yourself and remain healthy and well, you need to understand your limits. A person who pushes themselves way beyond their personal limitations is not taking care of themselves properly.

It’s easy to feel like this is your responsibility or have feelings of guilt if you even consider no longer taking care of him or her, but if your limits have been exceeded for too long, it will have a serious and negative impact on the rest of your life.

Talk.

This senior may want nothing more than good conversation every once in a while. While you are focused on helping them clean, cook, go to the store, do laundry, and so much more, you may be missing out on a wonderful opportunity to simply have a conversation that offers companionship, understanding, and love. That’s a great way for families to stay healthy and well.

If you or an aging loved one are considering professional home care to reduce caregiver stress in Long Island, NY, please contact the caring staff at Gentle Hands Home Care LLC. Call today!   347-809-4407.

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Doreen Johnson

I have been the Administrator/Owner of Gentle Hands Home Care since its inception in 2012. I chose to work in this industry because I am passionate and believe strongly in facilitating safe, independent living for the elderly in the privacy of their own home. I love working in the New York area due to the diversity of the population and I personally enjoy the love and passion of being able to care for our Elderly population. It has always been a long term goal for me to provide adequate care, comfort, and companionship for our aging population. My passion, and life experiences provide the backbone for the core objective of Gentle Hands Home Care, which is to provide the best services with caring, experienced, and compassionate caregivers, not because you are a client but because you are family.

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