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How to Handle Caregiver Stress when a Senior Has Alzheimer’s


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By  Greg Bechard
Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga

Tips to Ease Caregiver Stress

Helpful Tips to Keep Calm and Maintain Quality Care

Each one of us has some level of stress in our lives. We have jobs, kids, spouses, while still trying to pay the bills. If you are the caregiver of a parent that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you have a new level of stress added to your plate. Between doctor appointments and watching your senior slowly deteriorate, you may find yourself drained, depressed, and even sick.

Make the first steps to take care of yourself so that you can be the best for your aging loved one. At Home Instead Senior Care, our highly-trained and devoted staff stand ready to aid your family with senior care, household duties, and cooking nutritious meals. We want your loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to continue aging at home.

3 Handy Tips to Ease Caregiver Stress
Do you struggle with anger, anxiety, or depression? Have you found that you decline social events or struggle with sleeplessness? Most importantly, is your health declining, and you can’t even make the time to visit your doctor? If you find yourself in any of these situations, here are some tips to take back your health and reduce your stress:

  1. Schedule Time for Yourself: In today’s day and age, we are always swamped. Finding time to do something you enjoy is difficult enough when you don’t even have caregiver duties. If you are a caregiver, it’s imperative that you schedule on your calendar regular time to take a break and do something for you – eat lunch with friends, get a manicure, or read a good book.
  2. Take Your Health Seriously: When you are scheduling Mom’s doctor appointment, remember to make one for you. Attend regular check-ups and complete tests as prescribed by your physician. Visit your dentist twice a year. Exercise daily and choose to eat healthy. You can be a better caregiver for your loved one when you ensure you remain strong and healthy.
  3. Ask for Help: Whenever possible, ask for help from others. This can be in the form of another family member taking your dad to his appointments or visiting for a few hours while you go out. If schedules do not allow for family or friends to step in, then a personal support worker (PSW) can provide you with respite care.

Reduce Caregiver Stress with Help from Home Instead Senior Care

Diminish the effects of caregiver stress by taking the necessary steps to maintain your health and make time for you. The supportive team at Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton is ready to help you with respite care and other services such as transportation, cooking, and personal care. When you need a trained caregiver on your side, reach out to us.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to book an in-home consultation. Our PSWs and trained caregivers serve families with compassionate and quality home care  in the Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek area.

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