which is why it is important to understand how to deal with caregiver stress. As with any stressful situation, you need to maintain your own health.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help especially to get out of the house and do something for yourself. Caring for an aging parent isn’t easy.
Consider these tips to help you stay healthy and get connected to resources that can help you and your parent:
1. Understand the stress can impact your immune system and take steps to be healthy. Eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and exercising are all important things for you to do as you care for your parent.
2. Ask for help from friends and family. Caring for an aging parent can take its toll on you. It is important to ask for help. Whether they can grocery shop for you or stay with your parent while you get out of the house, it is important for you to not be alone.
3. Find local resources offering daytime care for older adults. You can’t handle everything all the time for your ailing parent. You will end up burnt out and even in the hospital from the stress. In addition to asking for help from loved ones and friends, look to local resources.
4. Tell your friends and family that you have taken on caring for a parent. You will, at some time, need to lean on them if only for a phone call. You may need them for more depending on the situation. Let them help you; they want to help you and you need a break from caring for your parent.