Caregiver Agency Tips | National Self-Care Awareness Month

Caregiver Agency Tips

Did you know that September is National Self-Care Awareness Month? Self-care is often neglected, but it is an important part of caregiving when working for a caregiver agency.  The National Institute on Aging has these tips for caregivers to take care of themselves. Health care worker burnout is at an all-time high as the pandemic continues.
Caregivers across the country are experiencing this burnout and may be in need of some self-care. Please share some of these tips with your caregivers. Taking care of mental health is crucial to overall wellness.

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Make sure you’re eating healthy, being active, and taking time for yourself.

Dealing with Feelings of Frustration and Guilt As A Caregiver

Caregiving, especially from a distance, is likely to bring out many different emotions, both positive and negative. Feeling frustrated and angry with everyone, from the care recipient to the doctors, is a common experience. Anger could be a sign that you are overwhelmed or that you are trying to do too much. If you can, give yourself a break: take a walk, talk with your friends, get some sleep—try to do something for yourself.

Although they may not feel as physically exhausted and drained as the primary, hands-on caregiver, long-distance caregivers may still be worried and anxious. Sometimes, long-distance caregivers feel guilty about not being closer, not doing enough, not having enough time with the person, and perhaps even feeling jealous of those who do. If a caregiver is in a state of guilt, they can be directed to our testimonials to know that they are valued, where they can be reminded of how impactful their services truly are. Many long-distance caregivers also find that worrying about being able to afford to take time off from work, being away from family, or the cost of travel increases these frustrations. Remember that you are doing the best you can given the circumstances and that you can only do what you can do, It may help to know that these are feelings shared by many other long-distance caregivers—you are not alone in this.

Taking Care of Yourself as a caregiver

Taking care of yourself if one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver when working for a caregiver agency, Make sure you are making time for yourself, eating healthy foods, and being active. Consider joining a caregiver support group, either in your own community or online. Meeting other caregivers can relieve your sense of isolation and will give you a chance to exchange stories and ideas. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

Caregiving is not easy for anyone—not for the caregiver and not for the care recipient. There are sacrifices and adjustments for everyone. When you don’t live where the care is needed, it may be especially hard to feel that what you are doing is enough and that what you are doing is important. It often is.

Learn about sharing caregiving responsibilities with friends and family.

For More Information About Caregiver Health

Family Caregiver Alliance
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This content is provided by the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA). NIA scientists and other experts review this content to ensure it is accurate and up to date.

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