As key providers of Hospice care in Avon Indiana, we acknowledge the importance of maintaining a well-balanced physical, emotional, and mental health of the care provider. When the patient is in their end-of-life care, their needs can be heavier than patients who can be independent on their own. Many of these patients are already bedbound who need diligent attention and monitoring. When this is your loved one, your emotions can also be involved in caring for them due to your relationship with each other.
For this, we advocate for self-care. Even among our staff at Life’s Journey of Avon, we encourage one another to take adequate time of caring for themselves. It is only when we are properly rested that we can regain the strength to also care for others.
With that said, we would like to extend the following recommendations on how a primary caregiver, this could be you, to properly take care of themselves, so they can best care for their loved one in return.
- Eat Healthy Meals
Don’t ever forget your physical health. You will need your strength to assist your loved one in walking, eating, bathing, and even preparing their meals. You need to eat well-balanced meals, especially fruits and vegetables, so that your immune system gets strong. When you’re often tired, your immune system can go so low that it can put you vulnerable to minor infection. However, when you’re in the pink of health, you can be the best caretaker you can be.
- Take a Break
It’s also important for you to relax and take some time out. You need not worry about your loved one as our team is ready to step in for you and provide Hospice services in Indiana. This break can be an hour every day, or a day every week, or some days in a month. It’s essential that you make this appointment intentional so that you can also be in your best mental wellbeing.
Simple routines such as walking or jogging for a minimum of 30 minutes daily can already help your body flush out the toxins and release the happy hormones. The challenges of hospice care can put you at risk for burnout and so you need to release the stress out of your body. Schedule a time in your day to do an active workout that can benefit your body.
Taking your forty winks can seem like a luxury when your loved one is in a terminal condition, but we highly encourage it. To keep yourself from worrying about their condition, our team will be there to take your place temporarily so that your loved one can receive Inpatient hospice care. Get sufficient amount of sleep of approximately 8 hours each night undisturbed.
May you find these tips helpful! As you aim to provide quality care for your loved one, remember that we got your back. When you need assistance, contact us!