While joyous, even past holidays could be more stressful. Amid a pandemic, this holiday season may end up being much more stressful if you chance to be the caregiver of an elderly loved one. If that’s true, it is more important than that — along with keeping them secure and comfortable — you concentrate on caring for yourself. This care begins by removing whatever stress you can. We have a few suggestions that will assist you.
Identify what is causing you the most anxiety.
Elderly Care Family caregivers struggle with various stressors year-round, and there are holidays and a pandemic. Once you pinpoint the most troublesome issues, it could be simpler to find solutions.
Do you overlook your caregiving abilities or worry that you might miss something important?
Have you stressed you, your family, or even a home health aide can inadvertently spread the coronavirus to your loved one?
Are you concerned that you are not meeting the psychological needs of your loved ones?
Are you stressed that you’re such active caregiving that you’re neglecting your own family?
Be mindful of the expectations you place for your holiday season
Caregivers commonly think that nobody can care for a loved one as they do, plus they refuse offers of aid. During a vacation season in the shadow of a pandemic, a health professional is much more likely to experience burnout or overload.
This season, permit yourself to accept help and scale back on attempting to keep labor-intensive holiday traditions. As concerns about the coronavirus linger, restricting outings helps reduce the risk of exposure for you, your family, and your senior loved ones.
Make most internet shopping and home delivery services, including groceries, prescriptions, and other essentials. They can help safer and alleviate the strain of purchasing during this unusual holiday season.
Take good care of yourself, also.
Caregivers frequently place their health in danger by skipping exercise and relying on convenience foods. It can result in, and medical crisis reduced resistance.
Self-care is vital for caregivers. If you encounter a health problem, it may put your elderly loved one’s health in peril. If you are reluctant to let visitors in your house from anxieties about COVID-19, it might be time for you to think “outside the house” where safety and well-being is the priority.
Understand how local assisted living communities can complement your caregiving.
For some family caregivers, there is a time when each of the demands of caring for a loved one is no more manageable in the home. That’s when an assisted living home could be an option. By utilizing respite programs at times such as these, you can test out a community and determine if it is an excellent match for your elder loved one, your family, and, particularly, for your peace of mind.
At St Oaks Senior Living, we realize that elderly adults and their families have concerns about the security and viability of short- and – long-term moves to an assisted living home. Visit How St Oaks Is Responding to the COVID-19 Virus for statements and details from our leadership team. Also, we invite you to call the St Oaks community closest you with any questions.
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