Your emotional needs don’t get shut down just because you’ve taken on the duties of being your family member’s caregiver. It’s more important now than ever that you pay attention to what you need on an emotional level. If you don’t, it will ultimately affect your ability to continue to be a caregiver.
Focus on Self-care
Self-care is a buzzword these days, but it’s one for a reason. Taking care of yourself is something that most people forget about doing, especially when they have a lot of other people relying on them. The next time you’re really feeling overwhelmed, upset, or out of sorts, think about whether you’ve been taking care of yourself or not. You’re very likely to start recognizing a pattern. It’s much easier to keep yourself on an even keel when you’re taking better care of yourself.
Determine Where You Need Help
Everybody needs help in life and if you’re a caregiver, you definitely need help. Start thinking about areas of your day that would go more smoothly if you had a helping hand. One solution you might be overlooking is to hire senior care providers. They can take over so many of the tasks that become overwhelming with caregiving. You’ll also feel more comfortable taking time away with senior care providers on hand.
Your Physical Health Matters More Than You Think
You might not think much about your own health until something forces you to think about it. That can be a problem when you’re a caregiver, though. Your physical health ties in fully with your emotional health and if you’re neglecting one you’re likely neglecting the other, too. Make the time to go to your own doctor and be proactive about your physical well-being.
Therapy Is a Viable Option
Going to see a therapist might not be a solution you’ve considered, but it can help you quite a bit. Look for a counselor who has experience working with people who are family caregivers. This will allow them to tailor your therapy sessions a little more closely to what your real-life concerns are right now. Of course, if you have other issues, they can help you with those, too.
You cannot afford as a caregiver to ignore your own emotional needs. If you’re doing so, you might be able to squeak by for a short period of time. But it will always catch up with you and you’ll have to pay the piper.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Broomall, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.