Why Caring for Yourself While Caring for an Elderly Is Important
Every aging person is prone to vulnerability – physically, emotionally, and mentally. That means seniors need our help. They need us with the assistance of their activities of daily living – be it personal or health needs. You can be their guide in times when they have difficulty with mobility. You can be their assistant in times when they are having a hard time taking care of their own selves. That is why caregiving is a responsibility one should take seriously and compassionately.
However, as much as you want to give your all in providing health and personal care assistance to an elderly, you as a caregiver, should also understand the importance of taking care of oneself. Keep in mind that you are also prone to sickness, especially when you are not mindful of your health. It is a must to take care of yourself first for you to be able and have the strength and energy to give care to an elderly patient.
Here’s what you can do to maintain a healthy you while engaging in caregiving services:
- Organize and prioritize your time.
You may have thought that you don’t have the time for other things because you are too busy attending the needs of a patient. However, you haven’t realized it that you have the control of your time. It is up to you on how you organize and prioritize it depending on its importance. If you consider your health importance, then you prioritize it. If you need to unwind, then make time for it. Have the time to take care of yourself once in awhile.
- Never hesitate to ask for help.
Let’s take it this way, you cannot accept more if your hands are full. Don’t keep all the responsibilities on your own. If things get too much for you to handle, then never hesitate to ask for help. You can ask help from a family member, a friend, or a professional who knows about caregiving too. It is in this way where you will be able to free yourself from too much burden and stress.
There’s nothing wrong if you take a break from caregiving services. Always remember, seniors need your help. You need to be physically, emotionally, and mentally fit in order for you to accomplish every single task efficiently and effectively.