While caring for your family member is a labor of love, it is still labor. As you spend more and more of your time caring for your senior parent or a child who may require a higher level of care, you may find yourself giving up favorite hobbies, vacations, saying no to friends or feeling distracted at work. Over time, juggling caregiving with work, raising children and managing a household increases your risk for depression, chronic illness and a decline in your overall quality of life.

Despite these risks, you may neglect good health habits if you’re like many caregivers. You may skimp on sleep, eat poorly, skip regular exercise, keep going even when you’re ill or postpone your own medical appointments. If you’re a caregiver who neglects your own health, you’re more likely to suffer from a chronic condition such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure and be overweight. Caregiving can also take a toll on your mental health, with an estimated 46 percent to 59 percent of caregivers suffering from clinical depression.

It’s time to pause and ask yourself: “What good will I be to the person I care for if I become ill?” As a caregiver, it is critical for you to take good care of yourself—even while you are taking care of your loved one.

It is possible to take some much-needed time for yourself while meeting the needs of your senior parent or child who requires a higher level of care through Cochran Health Care’s respite care services.

Testimonial

I am writing this to thank Cochran Health Care for all they have done for my Mother. My Mom is 91 years old and recently had a very intense medical emergency. We were so concerned with what living arrangements would need to be made for Mom and how we were going to give her the best care and rehabilitation. The Cochran team helped us unravel the needs of her care with great sensitivity and, often creativity. They were committed to every task that was needed to enable Mom to remain in her home. They cared deeply about her well-being, including the social implication that would result from her medical condition. In all their dealings, they displayed excellent judgment with politeness and respect in order to establish and maintain Mom’s dignity. In fact, they were responsible for teaching us how to express our love and advocacy in our dealings with our Mom as our roles changed. I am so thankful for all Cochran Health Services has done and are doing for our Mom.  - Current Client, Family Member