Almost 25 percent of live-in and hourly caregivers in Indianapolis burn out to the point where they quit taking care of a senior loved one each year. If you are a caregiver for a senior loved one, then make sure to take care of yourself in 2017. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that goal.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Most Indianapolis home care professionals maintain that eating a balanced diet each day is an important way to prevent caregiver burnout. Try to eat at least three meals each day including protein, vegetables, fruits and a healthy fat. Getting to or maintaining a healthy weight can really help caregivers feel better mentally and physically.
Get Physical Exercise
Many caregivers find it difficult to get enough physical exercise. Spend part of each day exercising with a goal of getting your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes, three times a week. Make sure that you lift properly by bending at the knees to relieve pressure on your back. Be careful not to twist when lifting.
Learn Something New
Try to learn something new each day, even if it seems like trivia to you. Consider watching an educational show on television, studying a topic on the Internet or reading an informational book.
A great way to avoid caregiver burnout is to do something you enjoy every day.
Many caregivers get so focused on meeting their senior’s needs that they forget to do something they enjoy each day. The activity is totally up to you. Some suggestions include crafts, writing, reading or making a fun food.
Spend some time outside each day. When possible, find a way to get back to nature by getting out to enjoy some fresh air. If the weather does not allow you to leave the house, then consider growing an indoor plant or feeding the birds.
Make sure to connect with someone each day. Concentrate on talking about things that do not affect your senior loved one. Find time to share your hopes and dreams with this person.
It may even be that you need a little extra help or a break from looking after your loved one. Turn to Home Care Assistance to learn about our flexible respite home care in Indianapolis. Our caregivers are highly trained to help seniors age in place with dignity, which frees up your schedule to relax and recharge. Call (317) 581-1901 today to learn more about our programs and how they can help both you and your loved one.