Senior woman with caregiver at homeAs anyone who’s been a caregiver for a loved one can tell you, it’s not easy.

Oftentimes, those of us who commit to being the primary source of care for a spouse or family member find that their own needs take a backseat to those of the loved one. Although admirable, this makes it impossible to be the best version of ourselves so that we can take good care of someone else.

Being a caregiver is an exhausting job. While it can seem tough to take a break for ourselves if it means taking a break from the person who needs us, it’s absolutely necessary for our own well-being.

Embassy Healthcare offers respite care services for adults with special medical needs. These services range in duration from a few hours to overnight and even extended stays. Respite care can be utilized at whatever frequency you desire. These services allow caregivers some time to themselves for errands, rest or even a vacation.

You may benefit from a break if you:

  • Frequently feel tired
  • Sleep too little or too much
  • Are easily agitated
  • Feel sad often
  • Have less interest in activities you once enjoyed

The following are some ways caregivers can help take care of themselves between respite care visits:

  1. Lean on others: You’re often the one being leaned on, but it’s important to have others support you. Talk to friends and family members about your struggles regularly. You may also be able to find support groups for caregivers. These sessions can help provide resources and tips for dealing with fatigue.
  2. Eat right: Although opting for fast food can be convenient, choosing a healthy diet will do wonders for your energy levels and ward off illness. Since your loved one will benefit from a nutritious diet as well, eat healthy meals and snacks together.
  3. Watch your sleep: Sleep is often at a premium with caregivers. Be mindful how much sleep you’re getting – over time, a lack of sleep can stress the body and cause other physical and cognitive problems. See a doctor if you’re struggling to sleep regularly.
  4. Get some exercise: Although it may seem difficult to find the energy or time, exercise will go a long way in improving mood and helping cope with stress. Make it a priority.
  5. Set goals for yourself: Give yourself goals to work toward, whether it be a vacation, a fun outing or anything that serves as a break from your caregiver job.

To learn more about Embassy Healthcare’s respite care services in our Ohio communities, call us at 888-975-1379 or contact us online.