Take Care of Yourself!

 

Many caregivers become so absorbed with meeting patient’s needs they neglect their own.  It’s important to take time for yourself to maintain your health and to avoid becoming vulnerable to other problems.

By taking care of yourself, you will be able to continue caring for your loved one.  Here are a few basic tips:

  • Get enough food and rest
    • Make yourself sit down and eat at least three times a day.
    • If giving care disturbs your sleep, take a nap during the day while patient rests.
  • Take time for yourself
    • Get out for a breath of fresh air or change of scene.
    • Relax in a warm bath.
    • Read a book or listen to music.
    • Let yourself be alone for a short time to clear your head.
    • As for a Capital Caring Hospice Services volunteer to provide respite care.
  • Let others take part in the work of caregiving
    • Allow friends and family members to participate.
    • Ask friends to bring meals, run errands or sit with patient.
    • Ask for a Capital Caring Hospice Services volunteer.
  • Seek and accept support for yourself
    • Talk to friends and family about your feelings.
    • Find ways to care for your spiritual self.
    • Our chaplains are available to provide spiritual support and help.