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5 Things Too Many Family Caregivers Give Up, and Why They Don’t Have To

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Sacrifice is something in which people give up something that is incredibly important to them in order to help another individual. Many family members sacrifice their time, hobbies, interests, and even their Caregiver in Crawfordville FLhealth and well-being to take care of their loved ones.

For millions of family caregivers taking care of elderly and disabled loved ones in the United States, these individuals give up quite a bit out of a sense of duty or responsibility, or because they don’t fully understand the benefits of professional in home care providers.

Below are five things that many family caregivers give up as part of providing care for their loved one at home:

1. Sleep. One of the first things people get less of when they agree to become a family caregiver is sleep. Depending on how much assistance their elderly loved one requires, they could end up finding themselves over at their loved ones house at 10 o’clock in the evening and even later, helping them getting to bed, cleaning up after a long day, or even doing laundry.

2. Exercise. When running around and just trying to get everything done, that trip to the gym doesn’t seem practical any longer. However, exercise is essential for health and well-being for people of all ages, including those family caregivers.

3. Eating healthy. When always on the run, the tendency may be to grab a quick meal at a fast food restaurant, reheat frozen meals, and more. These food items don’t provide the type of nutrition an adult requires. Without proper nutrition, it increases the risk of getting sick, being fatigued, and having other health issues arise.

4. Time with friends. Justifying going out with friends for a meal once a week may be difficult for the family caregiver. When an elderly loved one requires assistance, that seems to be the priority, and that tends to push friendships and spending time with those friends to the back burner.

5. Marriage. It is not uncommon to find that the longer a family member is providing care for a loved one at home, the more it’s going to impact a marriage or serious relationship.

Relying on professional in home care providers to support their elderly loved one at home is the best option. An experienced caregiver could not only help seniors remain safe within the comfort of their home, they can give those family members the break they need to continue pursuing those things that are of utmost importance to them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552 , (GA) 229-236-5552 . Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.