November is American and National Diabetes Month and when you’re a family caregiver, you will likely be enduring a significant level of stress and anxiety. That stress is going to take a toll on your health. If you have diabetes, have been diagnosed as ‘prediabetic,’ or have other health issues, it is extremely important to pay attention to what’s going on in your life, especially as it pertains to that medical condition.
What happens if you don’t take care of yourself?
As a caregiver, somebody else is depending on you on a regular basis. It might be an aging parent, spouse, disabled adult child, or even a friend or neighbor. If that person is counting on you to be there every single day to help them, whether it’s to get out of bed, go shopping, get to a doctor’s appointment, or anything else, and suddenly you have a medical emergency and can’t be there, what are they going to do?
How can you take care of yourself if you have no time?
Many people simply assume they can’t possibly stop for a moment, otherwise that person depending on them is going to be in serious trouble. However, there are options you can take advantage of, including hiring home care support services.
Hiring help through a home care agency is one of the best options that not only provides exceptional care for seniors and disabled adults, it can also alleviate so much stress and anxiety for the family caregiver.
How does this happen?
When you hire somebody through an agency, you usually get the benefit of experienced care. That means the home care aides working for these agencies often have experience, and even those that may not have a lot of experience, they get training and support from the agency.
They know exactly how to provide the best level of safe and comfortable care for their clients. Second, when you hire through an agency, you can hire somebody for just a couple of hours at a time, even if that’s only for a couple of days a week to start. This can allow you and that senior or disabled adult to get used to this new caregiver.
By making this transition and beginning the process, you will discover there are numerous ways you can reduce stress and therefore help take better care of yourself. Diabetes is a serious condition that can progressively grow worse if you don’t get the right diet and exercise. When you lose time as a family caregiver, both of those things will usually take a backseat, and they need to be forefront at this point in your life.