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Protecting Your Safety as a Family Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Spokane WA

Safety is often a top concern among family caregivers, especially when they’re looking after elderly or disabled loved ones. They worry about the senior’s safety to the point they take little time to focus on their own.Caregiver-Stress-in-Spokane-WA

If you don’t take care of your own safety, if you don’t look after yourself properly, you could face a number of challenges that may not actually be necessary. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are a family caregiver for an elderly or disabled loved one.

Recognize potential warning signs.

If you’re rushing around from one place to the next, not paying attention to red lights, rolling through stop signs, or flying up and down stairs, sometimes almost losing your balance, those are pretty good warning signs that you need to pay attention.

Far too often we take our physical strength, balance, and agility for granted. If we do that, we could be putting ourselves or others at risk. If you are rushing around in the car, you may not be putting just yourself at risk, but anyone in the car with you, including children, or others on the road.

Understand your limits.

You have the same 24 hours as everyone else. If you’re not getting enough sleep at night because you’re trying to get so many things done every day, then you’re pushing yourself, your body, and your mind to its limits and maybe beyond.

When you exceed your physical and mental limitations, you will lose focus, strength, and that will increase various safety risks for yourself.

Remember, slow down.

Even though you feel you need to get everything done, you don’t. If your loved one needs support every single day, and you simply don’t have the time to devote to them and get everything else done unless you rush, it’s time to consider other options.

That brings us to this last point, which is to rely on help when needed.

There’s plenty of help available. Unfortunately, many family caregivers don’t realize just how much help is available to them. They may feel there are no other family members or friends who are stepping up to provide support and care.

That may be true, but that doesn’t mean there are not home care aides in the area. You can contact an agency and rely on home care support for two hours a day once a week to start or full-time, around-the-clock care, if needed. If you don’t protect your own safety, what will happen if you are injured, get sick, or are debilitated in some other way?  Who would then take care of your elderly or disabled loved one?

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home senior care in Spokane, WA, please contact the friendly staff at Love at Home Senior Care, today. Call (509) 204-4088

 

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Andy Niska

My career has focused on health care in several areas. From management and administration in a multi-specialty clinic, to sales and marketing in pharmaceutical and laboratory companies. I have experience in start-up companies, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions. The common thread in all my business interactions is always the patient. Caring for the patient, improving outcomes for the patient and serving the patient. There have been many patient types over the years of my career. Today my passion is caring for the elderly. I enjoy managing a company dedicated to helping seniors age gracefully and with dignity.

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