Tips for caregivers of the elderly

It's important for caregivers to take care of themselves as well

Sriranjitha Jeurkar

Taking care of an aged parent can be demanding and requires you to pull in your physical and emotional resources. But what can caregivers specifically do to prepare themselves as they take on this role?

Caring for yourself, the caregiver

Caregivers are twice as likely as others to be vulnerable to mood disorders and anxiety. Caring for yourself can help you avoid caregiver stress and burnout, and also care for your loved one better.

  1. Take care of your own needs. Ensure that you’re eating and sleeping well.

  2. Create a timetable to manage your time and balance your various responsibilities.

  3. Keep yourself physically fit. Take a break everyday to go to the gym, a walk or yoga.

  4. Get help or outsource some of your tasks. Finances permitting, you could engage a full-time or part-time caretaker; or ask friends or relatives to come over and help you with caring for your parents while you take a break or attend to your other responsibilities.

    If you feel overwhelmed, reach out for support - to a family member, friend a helpline or counselor. They can help you come to terms with the situation you are in, and help you navigate the callenges and decisions with more confidence.

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