4 Ways to Care for Yourself While Caring for Your Loved One

Home Care in Hopewell NJ

Home Care in Hopewell NJSelf-care can be difficult for a family caregiver to manage. Often stress causes a caregiver to feel that it’s either wrong to take time to herself or that she doesn’t have time for those activities. The truth is that taking care of yourself is one of the best ways that you can ensure that you’ll be there for your elderly loved one when she needs you the most.

Keep a Daily Diary

When you’re really busy, it’s easy to forget your dreams, your goals, and what you want out of your life. Keeping a diary that you update every day helps you to stay in touch with all of that as well as your innermost feelings and thoughts. If you’ve never been a diary keeper before, give it a try. You don’t have to use a fancy notebook or write anything complicated. Try starting out small with daily or weekly goals that you’re setting for yourself.

Make Time for Other Loved Ones

Chances are that there are quite a few people in your life that you care about. Try setting up regular times that you meet with each of those people. If you only have a couple of hours once a week, try meeting up with a different loved one each week. It’s important for your own health and well-being that you’re able to stay in touch with all of the people that you love and who love you.

Do Other Things with Your Elderly Loved One

At some point you had a different kind of relationship with your elderly loved one. You weren’t always concerned solely about whether she’s eaten something nutritious today or what her water intake was like. Try to keep a little bit of that relationship alive so that you have something else to talk to each other about. Otherwise your relationship with your elderly loved one can become extremely clinical.

Read, Listen to Music, or Watch TV

Your brain needs other things to occupy it and sometimes that means reading a good book, catching up on your favorite television show, or even just listening to music that you love for a couple of hours. Make sure that you’re making the time for those activities so that you’re able to enjoy other aspects of life.

Work with your loved one’s elder care providers to set up time for you if you’re not getting it with your current scheduling.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Hopewell, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
(IDNs).
Tom Smith, President & CEO