Deciding to care for a loved one at home is not a decision anyone makes lightly. Often, careful planning and preparation are necessary so that the transition to home care is a smooth one. Caregivers need to make modifications to the home, create a schedule, and gather the proper supplies. But what about the caregiver’s overall health? Outlined below, you’ll find the top three ways caregivers can look after themselves to ensure they provide the best care possible.
1. Take time for self-care. This will be different from person to person, but can be as simple as exercising regularly, making sure you eat a balanced diet, or taking a few minutes each day to read a book. Whatever makes you feel rejuvenated and centered will ultimately make you a better caregiver.
2. Spend time with your friends. Caring for a loved one can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. A phone call, meeting up for a walk, and having a relaxing dinner are great ways to maintain relationships. Keeping those lines of communication open will help you keep anxiety down and depression at bay.
3. Ask for help. Utilizing a home health company can prove to be beneficial by providing assistance with training and care questions you might otherwise not know the answers to.
If you’re caring for a senior or disabled family member at home, and they are on Medicaid or eligible for Medicaid, Keyline Home Care Solutions can personally walk you through the process of getting enrolled in Georgia’s Structured Family Caregiving program. We provide financial support and ongoing support to family caregivers, who care for their elderly or disabled loved ones at home. With access to a health coach and our secure mobile app, you’ll have a whole care team at your fingertips. Contact us today at 1-855-453-9546 to get enrolled.