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How to Keep Stress at Bay When Caring for an Elderly Parent

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Family caregivers may be at an increased risk for stress, anxiety, and depression. Coupled with a full-time job, maintaining a home, and taking care of children, you may develop stress and anxiety disorders, preventing you from optimally performing your caregiving duties. Here are some stress-prevention strategies that may help you feel more energized, hopeful, and enthusiastic about taking care of your senior loved one.

Focus on Nutrition

Stress can lead to poor nutrition and subsequent deficiencies. Try to eat nutrient-dense foods so you can get the recommended daily allowances for vitamins and minerals. If you don’t eat a healthy diet, consider taking over-the-counter supplements to ensure adequate intake of vitamins B, C, and D, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Deficiencies in these nutrients may raise the risk for stress and depression.

If you’re the primary family caregiver for a senior loved one living in Altamonte Springs, 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.

Go on a Nature Walk

Walking is a great stress buster, and it may even enhance the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain known as endorphins. Take a solitary nature walk, or invite your loved one so both of you can enjoy a healthy, stress-relieving activity. It’s thought that just looking at trees, plants, flowers, and animals can reduce levels of stress and prevent anxiety. In addition to reducing stress levels, nature walks may also lower blood pressure, manage weight, strengthen muscles, and boost cardiovascular health.

Ask for Help

Ask other members of your family for help. They can run errands, cook a meal or two, do a load of laundry, or go grocery shopping for you, which may eliminate some stress. To further reduce stress, ask someone in your family to keep your loved one company for a few hours so you can have some time off to enjoy a hobby or visit with friends.

Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, Windermere families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home.

Enhance the Environment at Home

Your home environment can have a powerful impact on your mood. Consider getting a houseplant, bouquet of flowers, cheerful centerpiece for the dining room table, or a scented candle. These items may boost your mood and relieve stress. Other ways you can enhance the environment are buying a couple of brightly colored pillows for the sofa, cleaning the house, clearing out the garage or attic, and getting rid of excess clutter. People who are surrounded by clutter may feel stressed, anxious, depressed, or uneasy. As clutter is cleared away, stress levels may decrease.

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Orlando Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Call us at (407) 604-0506 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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