We all dread seeing our parents’ health deteriorate. They’re solid and unshakeable figures in our lives, and we convince ourselves they’re invincible. At some stage, though, the chances are that your parent’s health will start to falter. And, when it does, you’ll probably want to help them keep a decent quality of life. This is a way of giving back for everything they’ve done for you in the past. It’s also a chance to be as involved as possible in what’s happening to them.
IDespite the clear benefits, though, many of us go about care all wrong. We stretch ourselves in all manner of ways. That can harm our health. When that happens, there’s no way of doing our best by our parents. To avoid these common traps, keep reading to find out how you can care for yourself so you can care for your parents,
Remove stress where you can
Seeing parental health deteriorate is, in itself, stressful. You can’t do much about that. But, there are some stressors you can reduce to avoid carer burnout. Turning to assisted living care would, by far, be your best bet. That doesn’t mean giving up your part in this care journey. It merely means resting easy that someone else is checking your parents when you can’t. It may even mean that you can keep your visits until after work instead of rushing around each morning. And, let’s be honest; knowing that a professional is keeping an eye on things will help to destress you in itself.
Always research lifts
If your parents begin to struggle with mobility, they may need you to lift them at times. Rushing ahead here will lead to injuries which stop you lifting anything. Instead of making that mistake, always research lifts before you attempt them. If you have a team of carers, ask them to show you what to do. If not, head to sites like YouTube. Video tutorials will show you the best ways to lift someone without injury. You may also find it well worth your while to invest in proper lifting equipment which means that you can keep your loved one safe without ever risking your health.
Rest up plenty
This last one is simple, but it’s all too easy to forget. If you’re juggling care with a full-time job, you may neglect to rest up properly yourself. But burning the candle at both ends will never end well. Make sure, then, that you’re taking plenty of time to rest up where you need to. That means getting to sleep at a decent time and making space for yourself during your evenings. Again, a carer could work well here. Or, you may find that talking to your boss allows you to shuffle things around and make more time in your days. Either way, you can’t care for your parents if you’re running on empty all the time. You’ll fall foul to all manner of illnesses before you know, and that won’t help anybody!