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Are You Ignoring Your Own Health as a Family Caregiver?

Caregiver in Buffalo MN

If you’re not taking care of yourself, who will? That’s a question that many a family caregiver eventually runs into at some point in the caregiving journey. It’s an important question, not just Caregiver-in-Buffalo-MNbecause it’s true, but because it can mean changing how you operate as a caregiver.

Address Your Own Health Conditions

If you’ve got any health conditions of your own, be honest about how well you’re managing them. Too many family caregivers put their own health conditions on the back burner until they have more time or energy to manage them. The problem with this philosophy is that many health conditions won’t wait until you have the time or energy to deal with them properly. You have to take care of them now.

Pay Attention to Your Body

Signs and symptoms that something isn’t right are just that. They’re an indication from your body that you’re ignoring something and if you ignore it too long, your body will let you know with stronger symptoms that you’re overlooking something important. When you notice a new symptom, pay attention to what it means and contact your doctor if it’s a severe symptom.

Challenge Your Brain

You may think that your brain is quite challenged enough by your duties as a caregiver and that could be the case. But your brain needs other stimulation, too. Go back to some of the hobbies and brain games that you enjoyed before you started caring for your elderly loved one. Try incorporating a few of them into your everyday life now so that you can keep your brain stimulated.

Give Yourself Time Away

Everyone needs a bit of time away now and again and that’s doubly true for a family caregiver. If you’re not regularly taking time just to be yourself, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Talk to your other family members or to your loved one’s elderly care providers about taking over for you for a little while regularly so that you can have the time that you need to keep yourself on target.

As you start to pay more attention to your own health again, you’ll find yourself able to do more as a family caregiver.

If you or someone you know needs caregiver services in Buffalo, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.

Lori Seemann

Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.