November 14, 2012

In the world of home health care, November is an epic month for us. Not only is it National Home Care Month, but it is also National Family Caregivers Month.

There are many reasons why our clients and their families choose home health care, including:

  • More affordable care
  • Less risk of infection
  • An enhanced level of comfort for the client
  • Consistent one-on-one care and attention
  • Increased quality of life

But even with all of the benefits, being a caregiver to a family member or loved one with special needs can be stressful at times. That’s why it is so important for caregivers to take care of themselves by finding ways to de-stress and relax.

The ALS Association provides the following great tips to help caregivers remain both physically and emotionally strong.

  • Take care of yourself — Eat nutritious foods, get sufficient rest, exercise regularly and pay attention to your body’s signals of stress
  • Practice stress-reducing strategies – Breathing exercises, yoga, relaxation techniques, massage, meditation and Tai chi
  • Develop a strong support system – Surround yourself with friends/family by whom you feel supported, attend a support group where you can share your concerns and feelings, and see a counselor or therapist if you are in need of more extensive mental health support.
  • Create a fulfilling life – Make conscious decisions about how you want to spend your time, and acknowledge your priorities and actively build your life around them.

In celebration of National Family Caregivers Month, we would like to acknowledge the parents, children, spouses and friends who have accepted the role of caregiver. They are true unsung heroes who selflessly give of themselves on a daily basis to ensure their loved ones are cared for in the comfort of their own homes.