Posted on February 8, 2024
Caregivers - Tips - United States
In February, people all over the country are celebrating Valentine’s Day by swapping Valentine’s cards, passing out conversation heart candies, and surprising loved ones with special Valentine’s dinners. This is also a great month to celebrate the caregivers in your life. Caregivers often give more than expected, leading to stress and burnout. Acumen Fiscal Agent would like to share the signs of caregiver stress, how caregivers can care for themselves, and how you can offer them valuable support.
Responsibility for another human is a great commitment, but it’s not without its stressors. If you’ve raised children, you know how rewarding yet challenging it can be. The same goes for caregivers of aging adults, individuals with physical disabilities, and adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Stress can manifest itself in a variety of ways. If you notice any of the signs below, you or a loved one may be experiencing caregiver stress:
Respite care allows caretakers to take a break from full-time caregiving. Trained and compassionate adults stay with and care for loved ones for a specific amount of time, anywhere from a few hours to a few days. There are different types of respite care available:
One tool available to any caregiver is self care. This term is often used to describe personal care associated with “spoiling” oneself, such as getting massages or hanging out with friends. These activities are good examples of self care, but much more is involved. Self care is designed to restore or energize you when you’ve been giving much more of yourself than usual. The adage, “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” describes what can happen when caregivers don’t meet their basic needs. Before you begin to feel like an empty cup, try some of these self care tips:
Acumen provides fiscal management services to self-directing individuals throughout the U.S. including aging adults, veterans, and individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Contact us at (877) 211-3738 to learn more.Source: “Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself.” Web article. Mayo Clinic. Web. 07 Feb. 2024.