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Caring For Yourself As A Carer

Caring For Yourself As A Carer

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When providing care for somebody else, it’s very easy to neglect your own care. Here are several tips for looking after yourself when taking on the care of someone else.

Know what you’re financially entitled to

Caring for someone else can be financially difficult – especially if you have to give up work to provide the care that they need.

You should do some research into government benefits to ensure that you and the person you’re caring for are both getting the financial support that you need. It’s possible that you may be entitled to a carer’s allowance, which could help you to fund yourself. There may also be disability-related home improvements such as stairlifts and grab bars that you can get grants for so that you don’t have to dig into your own pockets.

Alternatively, you may be able to get help from local charities if you are struggling financially. There are charities out there that are aimed specifically at assisting carers with the financial support they need.

Share the care with someone else

Getting a helping hand could give you the break you need so that you don’t feel you’re constantly on call. This could be time to relax at home or time to go out and meet friends or partake in social activities.

Home hospice care could be an option to look into. Even if it’s only a few hours a week, it will give you the break you need. A lot of carers may hire help in the mornings and evenings when it comes to washing and dressing loved ones. You could also consider a couple days of respite care if you need a couple days’ break.

Don’t forget to also consider help from friends and family. Even if they don’t feel comfortable helping with the physical care, they may be able to help with other jobs around the home which could help to lift the burden.

Don’t neglect your own health

A lot of carers can also ignore health problems of their own, which can cause these problems to become serious. If you get ill, it could not only affect you, but your ability to care for loved one. For this reason, looking after your health should be a priority.

Make sure you’re seeing the doctor when you have a health concern and watch out for signs of health problems. Chronic stress can often trigger health problems ranging from muscle cramps to heart disease – which is why sharing out the care is so important so that you can relax. Make sure that you’re also getting enough sleep and eating healthily. Above all, try to laugh and have fun. 

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STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO KEEP YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS FROM FALLING

By Guest Blogger Chris P.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO KEEP YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS FROM FALLING

Elderly face many physical issues due to lack of strength, an imbalance in their body and due to weakness in their bones. One of the problems caused by these reasons is their falling. It was noted that the in the people of aged 65+ the cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries is falling. Falling may cause minute fractures to severe injuries which include broken bone, hip fracture and head injuries that sometimes become a cause of making the old people fearful or depressed and it makes them inactive and lazy due to which their health too is affected. There are certain steps which may prove helpful in keeping the elderly parents from falling. These steps are

1- Simple Steps
The senior citizens can be weak therefore they need support even to walk. Therefore it is beneficial for them to take simple and short steps. Dizziness may be another reason for falling. With age not only the number increases but also the problems that come in one’s life. It should, therefore, be made sure that some senior citizens should not stay alone as their falling can cause serious injury to them.

2- Vision problem
Weak eye sight is another issue which causes falling. Even if they use glasses, they may face vision problem as the short sightedness, and long sighted ness may change with time. It is therefore important to have a regular eye check-up so that the vision does not cause any problem for them.

3- Safety Assessment
There are certain things present at home which may become a source of falling for the elderly such as low light, stairs, and bathrooms. To prevent falling due to these things appropriate measures must be taken. For example, the house should be properly lighted so that they should not face any problem in seeing things, along with that the stairs should have two secure rails as they help in balancing while going up or coming down. Similarly, in case of bathrooms grab bars must be installed near the toilet and in the bath tub or shower. They provide great safety to the older people.

4- Signs that show difficulty in walking
There are certain actions which an elderly may perform proves that he is facing difficulty in walking such as when any senior citizen while walking try to hold the wall, furniture or any other object then it is vague that he is having difficulty in walking properly. These signs refer to that of dementia. In which the person may face issues like memory loss, weak mental ability. It may also occur after a stroke, and the person may feel difficulty in walking without any support. In such cases, the proper and timely medication must be given to them so that their health is improved.

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About Author:
This article was written by Chris Palmer who regularly shares advice on elderly care. In particular dementia and supporting your elderly parent. You can find more by Chris on: https://www.agespace.org/.