Take Care to Give Care

At St. Coletta of Wisconsin, our clients are encouraged to be as independent as they can be. Our staff of caregivers give them the utmost attention and care that they require. These people who give their time to help our clients succeed deserve much needed praise and recognition. The month of November is a time to recognize these individuals during National Family Caregivers Month.

Celebrating the work that caregivers do during this month enables the community to raise awareness of caregiving issues, increase support of family caregivers, and most importantly to celebrate the efforts of family caregivers.

Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but is also physically and emotionally demanding. There are 90 million caregivers nationwide and most suffer from chronic stress due to dealing with caregiving responsibilities.

Many caregivers say that they feel stressed providing care; with all of their caregiving responsibilities, they often put themselves last. One out of five caregivers admit they have sacrificed their own health and wellbeing while caring for a loved one, they are also more likely to suffer depression and are at increased risk for many other chronic illnesses. So as a caregiver, remember to pay attention to your own physical and mental wellness, and get proper rest and nutrition.

Ensuring that you are getting proper nutrition is key to help maintain your strength, energy and stamina, as well as strengthening your immune system. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the many things you can do to take care of yourself and keep an overall positive attitude.

The most important piece of advice for caregivers is to remember the three “R’s”; Rest. Recharge. Respite. People usually think of respite as a luxury, but considering the higher risk of stress related health issues, caregivers deserve some time away. The opportunity to re-energize oneself is vital in order for you to be as good a caregiver tomorrow as you were today.

Remember, only by taking care of yourself can you be strong enough to take care of your loved one. You really do need to “take care to give care!”

 

For more information and advice on caregiving, visit: http://caregiveraction.org/

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