Why Is Your Health as a Caregiver Important?

Many caregivers scoff when someone advises them to treat their own health as urgently as they treat the health of their aging adult. There are so many reasons that this is sage advice and you don’t want to personally experience the negative effects of ignoring this wisdom.

Home Care Rochester NY - Why Is Your Health as a Caregiver Important?

Home Care Rochester NY – Why Is Your Health as a Caregiver Important?

You’re the Caregiver

The biggest reason to be concerned about your own health when you’re a caregiver is just that. You are the caregiver. If your health fails, who will be providing home care to both you and to your elderly family member? Very often there is no one else upon whom the burden of caregiving can fall. Ultimately, taking care of yourself is going to relieve yourself of bigger problems down the road.

Your Existing Conditions Don’t Go Away

Just because you’re taking over the caregiving responsibilities for your aging adult, that doesn’t mean that your own health conditions go away. You may be able to ignore minor issues at first, but what usually happens is that minor health conditions, once ignored, become much bigger problems for you to manage. Keeping your health issues under control keeps them from getting too massive to manage.

Stress Takes a Physical Toll

Your health can also be the “canary in the coal mine,” if you will. Stress takes a physical toll on people, even when they’re very healthy otherwise. Stress can make you more susceptible to both minor and major ailments. You might experience muscle strain or tension, extreme fatigue, or even headaches. Other physical issues can also manifest themselves. By paying attention to what is going on with your health, you are more likely to spot these issues and correct them before they get out of hand.

You Run the Risk of Burning Out

Ultimately, ignoring your own needs can lead you to a point of burning out. Caregiver burnout means that you’ve been burning your candle at both ends to such an extent that you no longer have anything to give. This is a dangerous condition for a caregiver to reach because you literally have no further fuel to feed your fire any longer. You might begin to feel hopeless and find that you can no longer care for your elderly family member on any level. Taking care of yourself keeps you from reaching that state.

If you don’t take the time now to focus on integrating your own health management into your life as a caregiver, you won’t be able to keep going for long on your caregiving journey. For many caregivers, that thought can be more motivating than anything else.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Rochester NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)