After moving your Mom to First & Main, how did your life change?
After a loved one moves into a care community, a caregiver's work is not done. However, the load is significantly lightened, resulting in a healthier lifestyle for the whole family. Knowing that your loved one is cared for, happy, and thriving in their new environment can reduce stress and tension significantly.
If you are caring for an aging loved one or a loved one with dementia, be sure to take care of yourself as well. Stress can manifest itself in a variety of ways, creating health issues for you and lowering your ability to be an effective caregiver. Follow these guidelines to ensure you not only take care of your loved one, but also yourself:
- Exercise: Something as simple as a 30-minute power walk at least 3 times a week can provide a wealth of health benefits. Also consider learning a stress-management exercise such as yoga to practice meditation and inner balance.
- Eat well: When we're on the go, we tend to choose quick foods that give us an energy boost now but a hard crash later. Be intentional when deciding what to put in your body. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins such as nuts can be quick snacks that don't lay on the calories.
- Take a break: Many senior living communities offer Respite Care, providing a short-term break for you as a caregiver, and offering your loved one a fun new environment.
- Support: Find a local support group in your area. The ability to talk with others who are in the same boat as you can provide a sense of relief, knowing you're not alone in times of despair or triumph.
When you do make a decision to find a senior community for your loved one, the above guidelines can still apply. Recuperation is a necessary step in order to live a healthy life and continue supporting your loved one in their new community.