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How to Prevent Stress When Providing Care to a Senior Parent

Providing care to a senior parent, coupled with working a full-time job and taking care of your own home, can be stressful. If you’re under too much stress, it can cause anxiety and depression and make it difficult to carry out your duties as a carer. Fortunately, you can take the following steps to prevent stress when caring for an ageing loved one.

Monitor Your Nutrition

Following a diet consisting of nutrient-dense foods can enhance your immune system function, provide you with much-needed energy, help you maintain a healthy weight, and keep your stress levels to a minimum. If you’re unable to make changes to your diet, consider taking multivitamin and mineral supplements.

If you’re the primary family carer for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality home care, North Coast Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.

Get Restorative Sleep

People who fail to get enough restorative sleep may be at risk for increased stress, depression, and anxiety. To ensure your sleep is restful, turn off your cellphone, laptop, or other electronic devices an hour or so before bedtime. Switching off these devices may help you wind down and relax your mind. Also, refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages before bedtime. While having a drink late at night may make you feel sleepy, alcohol consumption could interrupt your pattern of sleep and disrupt your sleep cycle. When you get adequate sleep at night, you’re likely to wake up fresh and energised the next morning.

Take a Walk

Many physicians recommend walking or other forms of mild exercise to relieve stress. Walking promotes the release of chemicals in the brain known as endorphins, which relieve stress and have positive effects on the cardiovascular system, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and muscle tone. By walking on a regular basis, you may become a stronger, healthier, and more relaxed carer.

Family carers need to care for their own wellbeing. If you’re caring for an ageing loved one and are feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a professional care worker to provide respite care. North Coast families who want to prevent burnout can turn to Home Care Assistance. One of our professional care workers can assist your loved one at home while you take a nap, go to work, run errands, or go on vacation.

Consider Pet Therapy

If you don’t have a dog or cat, consider visiting an animal shelter. Direct contact with dogs and cats can be therapeutic to people who are under stress. Therapy dogs are often dispatched to people who have recently experienced traumatic events. Cuddling animals, or just being near them, is proven to lower stress hormones, promote a feeling of calmness, and restore happiness. Your loved one may also enjoy the positive interaction with dogs and cats.

If you’re the primary family carer for a senior loved one living in North Coast, live-in care is available if your loved one’s health has become too difficult to manage without professional expertise. At Home Care Assistance, we take measures to help seniors prevent illness and injury by assisting with exercise and mobility, preparing nutritious meals, helping with bathing and other personal hygiene tasks, and much more. To hire a professionally trained care worker for your ageing parent, give us a call at (02) 6646 3527 today.