You can’t always be there. But we can.
In your role as a caregiver you may feel like there is no such thing as “time off”. You are always ready to help your aging parent with whatever needs they may have and may push yourself further than you should in an effort to give them the happiest, healthiest, safest, and most comfortable life possible as they age in place. While it is admirable for you to devote yourself so fully and completely to your role as a caregiver and to your parent’s wellbeing, there are times when it is necessary for you to step back and turn your attention to yourself to ensure that you are protected and can continue to be the highest quality caregiver possible for your elderly loved one. One of these times is when you are ill.
Sickness happens to virtually everyone. At least once a year you are likely to catch some sort of bug that will leave you not feeling your best and struggling with your tasks. When this happens, it is critical that you make changes within your care efforts to ensure that you can give your parent all of the care that they need and still take care of yourself.
Use these tips to help you manage your care needs when you are suffering from an illness: