Spring is just about here. The air is turning warmer, the snow in the northern part of the country is beginning to melt, and in some parts of the country we have seen record high temperatures on numerous occasions throughout February and into March. When you are a family caregiver, it’s important that you stay focused on the job.
There’s a lot more to do outside.
You may not be a fan of winter and the cold temperatures. You may have spent too many days shoveling your driveway, clearing walkways, and running yourself ragged. Now that the weather is turning warm, you want to throw open the windows and doors, allow the fresh air to move through the house, and enjoy life beyond the four walls of your house.
However, you still have a great responsibility.
This elderly individual in your life, perhaps a parent, sibling, or other loved one, is dependent on you. That’s a great responsibility to take on. Since you have taken it on, you need to stay focused on that task.
There may be opportunities to go outside with this elderly individual, but you need to make sure they will stay safe the entire time.
You might long for a day to yourself.
Wouldn’t it be great if you can just go outside, work on the garden, your lawn, or just go for a walk in a park? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could just take a day off and focus on yourself? Yes, it would.
You can still do that.
You don’t need to put that elderly person at risk and you don’t need to sacrifice every minute of every waking hour of your life. You can rely on home care support services. An experienced home care aide, when you hire through an agency, can work with this senior in your life for just two hours a day once or twice a week to start. That can give you the time you need to enjoy the warmer weather, work on your garden, and do other things outside.
Always remember what the senior needs comes first.
When you take on the role of a family caregiver, you take on a great responsibility. That should not be something taken lightly. What many family caregivers don’t realize, though, is just how much stress and anxiety they will experience. This may be exacerbated during the warmer spring months, so sit down and discuss the prospect of home care support services. It could be the best thing you do for yourself and that elderly loved one who needs support.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care to reduce caregiver stress in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.
The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.
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