The results of a National Alliance for Caregiving survey indicate that about 65 million people in the U.S. are unpaid caregivers for family members, with the majority caring for someone over age 50. While there may be a high level of comfort and an abundance of rewards for both parties, there can also be physical and emotional demands that threaten the caregiver’s health and well-being over time. Many of the family caregivers in Massachusetts may want to consider taking some time to recharge at the beginning of the New Year. Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group’s five assisted living communities on Boston’s South Shore offer several ways to do this.
Caregivers need to remember that they can only give their best to their loved ones by taking care of themselves. Planning how to take breaks—without guilt or remorse—refuels the caregiver’s physical and emotional resources. Here are three tips to consider:
· Make the time to do the things that will keep you healthy, like eating nutritious meals, exercising regularly, socializing, and scheduling and keeping appointments for appropriate medical care. Perhaps these activities can be coordinated with visits from a visiting nurse or home health worker, while your loved one is socializing at an adult day health center, or when a friend or neighbor can visit with your family member.
· Investigate all of your options as a family (and be sure to include the family member for whom you are caring). Taking turns in the caregiver role will give everyone a chance to spend quality time with the person who needs care and alleviate the pressure that is often felt when one person takes on all of the responsibility.
· Look into a Winter Short Stay at one of the five Allerton House Assisted Living Communities on Boston’s South Shore. A vacation for you can be a vacation for your loved one, too, complete with a modern and fully furnished apartment, fine dining, a wealth of people and activities, and a professional and caring staff to provide any assistance your loved one may need. Ask about our Winter Short Stay Special – residents stay for two weeks, but only pay for one week. This offer expires on January 31, 2013 and is based on apartment availability. Contact the Allerton House most convenient to you in Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Weymouth or Quincy, MA.