If you’re a family caregiver, you’re probably extremely busy. In fact, most family caregivers are so busy that they have a difficult time keeping up with everything they have to do. If that’s the case for you, you might be ignoring your own health conditions as a way to cut corners. But you might be shooting yourself in the foot.
You Wear Yourself Down
Think about what happens when you’re not feeling well. You’re run down and you may even complicate your health further. Being a family caregiver requires that your energy levels are as high as they can be so you’re prepared to handle whatever comes your way. Even if what you’re dealing with is something that is temporary rather than a chronic health condition, you can’t afford to let it wear you out.
You Create the Situation You’re Afraid Of
One of the biggest fears that caregivers have is that they won’t be able to take care of their elderly family member. When you ignore your own health, you inadvertently create a self-fulfilling prophecy. You suddenly may find that your own health is so bad that you’re in need of a caregiver and have to turn over your senior’s care to someone else.
You Become Inefficient as a Caregiver
When you’re distracted, run down, and feeling awful, you’re not likely to be very effective as a caregiver. You might start to forget appointments your elderly family member needs to keep. Or you might run out of energy before you get to everything on your list, every day. To stay on top of the needs your elderly family member has, you have to be on top of your own.
You Set a Bad Example for Your Aging Adult
How easy do you think it is to convince your aging family member that she needs to go to the doctor or test her blood sugar if you’re ignoring that advice yourself? It’s one thing to try to convince her that she should do as you say and not as you do, but that won’t hold water for long. In order to set any sort of positive example for your elderly family member and her own care, you have to be taking care of your own health needs.
Taking care of yourself is essential if you want to be a strong family caregiver. You can’t possibly be the caregiver that you want to be if you’re avoiding your own signs of ill health.
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Administrator of 3 Florida (Always Care) Home Health Agencies for over Fourteen years.
Always Care of Georgia since 2001
Served as a 1st Lt. In the US Army