Whenever we are flying and during the safety instructions on an airplane, the crew always tells you to secure your air mask before helping the children and the elderly. Ever wondered why? How can you take better care of your loved ones? It’s simple. By taking care of yourself first. Our natural instincts tell us to put ourselves last on the priority list! But, what we forget is that we have to take our oxygen first! This is no different than the primary way of offering love and care to your loved ones.
Always remember, it’s a marathon and not a sprint
When you start treating yourself better and honoring your time, and respecting the fact that you are a person with finite resources, chances areeveryone else will follow suit.
Now, the fact that you are reading this article does tell us something about you. You know someone with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and are you are well aware of the first hand effect that it can have on someone you know.
What is the hardest part for the primary caregiver?
It is to face the reality, which is realizing that the person you love has changed and as a result, you have to change, too. Many of us pull the covers over our faces and go into denial or become ‘over busy’. All our emotions such as, resentment, anger, loneliness are based in fear and pain.
How do you take care of your family members during such a crisis?
A very common misconception is that we feel that somewhere we get a ‘gold star’ if we do it all by ourselves; that we are self-sufficient. But this is far from the truth. What we fail to realize is that our distress triggers their distress, making it difficult for our loved ones to cope with it. We wait till we are underwater and drowning to ask for help.
It takes a lot of strength and courage to say, “I need help”. So let us help you. Give us a chance to be there for you and the people you care about. At iCare Home Health, we help you regain your lost emotional, physical, financial and spiritual strength. So nourish yourself- mind, body, soul and spirit, because that is the support your loved ones require from you during these testing times.
Don’t wear yourself down in order to keep up. Call us today on (905) 491-6941 or visit our website http://www.icarehomehealth.ca/ and breathe a sigh of relief because we are here to Make a Difference!.