Ways to Start the New Year Fresh for Caregivers

Each and every new year, Great Care takes the opportunity to think about goals and resolutions that will help caregivers reach their fullest potential. In-home caregiving is an emotional experience, and approaching it with positivity, patience, and problem-solving solutions can make a difference in navigating each new day.

Pat Riley once said, “If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”

We absolutely agree with Mr. Riley’s inspirational words.

To overcome what the American Heart Association refers to as a “caregiving frenzy,” which can result in emotional and physical burnout, the AHA advises caregivers be realistic and think positive.

“Your attitude can be the biggest barrier to taking care of yourself and doing the best job for your loved one,” says the AHA. “Tell yourself that you need to stay healthy and that you have rights and needs too. It’s worth reminding yourself: You’ll do the best you can, but you’ll need help along the way.”

The American Heart Association also suggests teaching your mind to think positively. Plus have confidence in the caregiver role, assuring yourself, “It’s a tough job, but I can do it.” The AHA also reminds caregivers to own their own feelings.

“You might feel sorrow, anger, resentment or fear as a caregiver, and all those feelings are valid,” the AHA says. “Seek help if you feel like those feelings are constantly getting the better of you.”

The Alzheimer’s Association agrees in seeking out support as an important tool in caregiving. The nonprofit suggests finding a local caregiver support group to offer comfort and reassurance, as well as serving as a source of practical advice and even humor. Caregivers can locate in-person caregiver support groups in their communities by calling the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

The Alzheimer’s Association also reminds us that caregiver health is vital in helping care for others. “The best thing you can do for the person you are caring for is stay physically and emotionally strong,” says the Association.

For example, the Alzheimer’s Association says caregivers may find themselves with so many responsibilities, they often neglect taking better care of themselves. These are four helpful suggestions from the Alzheimer’s Association for being a healthy caregiver in the new year:

Read more on being a healthy caregiver here.

Great Care wishes all of our caregivers, and our network of families and friends in the in-home care services realm, a happy and healthy new year.

May the new year days be as bright as the sunshine and as calm as the moonlight. Have a wonderful year ahead!

 

The professionals at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs, including respite care. Great Care is a non-medical in-home care agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Fishers, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

About Julie S.

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at Great Care of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Great Care is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
• Daytime hourly in-home care
• Temporary or post-hospital respite care
• 24-hour, around-the-clock home care
• Morning and evening care
• Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.
Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.