Does your loved one have a hard time asking for help or admitting that they sometimes feel lonely at home? If they’ve been independent their whole life, telling their family they need help can be a difficult conversation to have. Be supportive and allow them to express their concerns.
Caregivers also find it hard to admit they’re getting tired. Remember that one person can’t do it alone. Without some extra support, you may get burnt out. Admitting you need help doesn’t mean you’re not providing excellent care. To provide the best care, you also need to look after your own health and well-being.
It’s always a good idea to know what services are available before you need them. If you’re an older adult, the best time to consider adult day care is now. This way you can put a plan in place for when you need the extra support.
First and foremost, Adult Day Centers provide seniors and caregivers a chance to socialize, enjoy more outings, and nurture friendships outside the home.
As a caregiver, you’ll have a respite from the constant physical and mental demands of providing care. You’ll be able to work, deal with personal matters, and have some time to relax and recharge, ultimately avoiding caregiver burnout.
Physical activities are designed to maintain mobility and flexibility. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of an accident or fall, both at the center and at home. This daily exercise helps maintain independence and mobility.
Social events and activities challenge one’s mind, helping to maintain cognitive function and reduce the risk of developing dementia. As your loved one nurtures meaningful relationships with other participants and staff, they won’t feel isolated or alone, and their mental health will improve. Adult day centers also help older adults lower their risk of depression and experience higher self-esteem.
Physical and social activities during the day can also help improve one’s sleep. Being active requires you to expend more energy and helps you feel more tired and ready to rest at the end of the day. These activities help your loved one fall asleep quicker and into a deeper sleep, ultimately leaving them more rested.
As a caregiver, you’ll have a respite from the constant physical and mental demands of providing care. You’ll be able to work, deal with personal matters, and have some time to relax and recharge, ultimately avoiding caregiver burnout. When you permit yourself to rest, you’ll be able to provide better care to your loved one during evenings, nights, and weekends when you’re together.
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