Our compassionate in home care focuses on the patient rather than the disease and our caregivers are skilled in helping the family and friends with supplementary personal and homemaker services so that they can spend quality time with their loved one. Services include shopping, errands, meal preparation, bathing, light housekeeping, and transportation.
Be mindful of your own mental health
Caregiver depression can sneak up on a person. Gradually, they realize that they’ve lost their interest in things they used to enjoy. They have feelings of hopelessness alternating with anger and irritability. They have sleep problems. They eat too much—or lose their appetite. They might have suicidal thoughts. Experts say that ongoing stress and depression can harm our health, raising the levels of the hormone cortisol in our body, which can damage our hearts, memory and digestion.
Respite Care Lets Family Caregivers Take a Vacation
Mental health experts tell us that taking a vacation is very important! It is a time for renewal and for recharging our emotional batteries. The change of scene and change of pace help us avoid burnout at our job, and give us a break from the usual stresses we face each day. Savvy employers know this, and encourage their employees to take the time off. Yet surveys show, many Americans fail to take all the vacation time to which they are entitled. And caregivers, even if they take all their leave, aren’t spending it in relaxing, spirit-renewing activities.
“I feel guilty leaving my loved one at home.” Remind yourself (and perhaps also your loved one, if some of the guilt you’re feeling is coming from that direction) that vacationing has demonstrable health benefits. A few years ago, University of Pittsburgh and State University of New York at Oswego researchers reported that people who take regular vacations have a substantially lower risk of heart disease and heart attack. The change of scenery and routine decrease stress and depression, improve sleep, increase mental sharpness and even give a boost to our immune system. Remember: Taking care of your own health helps you be a better caregiver for your loved one.