Being a caregiver for a parent or loved one shows compassion and an unrivaled level of appreciation. However, it’s important to note that caregiver health is just as important as the recipient of care.
Often, a family caregiver will place all their focus on the loved one, leading to neglect of their own health and needs, which can aid in the development of caregiver burnout. One way to avoid caregiver burnout, so that you can continue to provide quality care is to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. At Oaks Senior Living, we know that this can be a challenging task, which is why we are providing you with some caregiver health tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle!
What Should Your Caloric Intake Be?
While no one wants to count calories, it can be the first step to preventing unnecessary weight gain or loss. Luckily, resources are available that can help you track how many calories you should consume daily based on your body type, age, and weight goals.
Though many aim to follow the three meals a day rule, snacking on unhealthy foods throughout the day can hinder your progress. Counting your calories daily can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and can allow you to focus on what you’re putting into your body.
Meal Preparation and Planning
As a caregiver, you likely find it challenging to find the time to craft meals for yourself as you’re busy taking care of your loved one(s). Meal planning can be the perfect way to help alleviate the stress and worry of not knowing when your next meal will come. Your meals don’t have to be over the top or time consuming to prepare either. There are plenty of healthy meals that take little time to cook and a variety of resources that can help you create those easy and healthy meals!
While it can be hard to find the time, these simple and healthy meals can help place you in a better, healthier frame of living. Neglecting yourself or avoiding meals due to time constraints can further the feelings and symptoms of caregiver burnout.
Maintaining and Finding Balance
It can be difficult to find a healthy balance between yourself and the senior you care for, but the fact of the matter is that caregiver health is just as important as the recipient of care. Neglecting one’s health can have many adverse health effects; taking care of yourself should always be a priority.
If you find yourself beginning to experience caregiver burnout, Oaks Senior Living provides respite care services or a short-term senior care option where your loved one is placed in a community with highly-skilled and compassionate caregivers. These services are available for family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Placing your loved one in a senior living community can also do wonders for the senior as it connects them with healthcare professionals, as well as provides ample socialization opportunities and engaging activities.
Our respite care services can last from a few days to a few weeks and can provide your loved one with all the benefits of a senior living community while offering you some much-needed rest and relaxation time. If you’re interested in our respite care services or would like more information, you can contact us here!