If you are a frequent reader of our newsletter, you know that we talk a lot about the importance of providing quality care for loved ones with disabilities or special needs. We are passionate about helping people live their lives as comfortably and securely as possible.
However, one thing that we don’t discuss quite as frequently is how to help caregivers manage their disabled or special needs loved one’s affairs without jeopardizing their own health or financial security. If you are a caregiver, ask yourself the following questions to determine if you are setting enough time aside for your own needs. Do you:
- Allow yourself time to eat?
- Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night?
- Set aside time to pursue your hobbies or other things you enjoy
- Have a network of friends to rely on?
- Find time to have fun?
- Ask for help when you need it?
- Get the medical help you need?
- Go easy on yourself when things go wrong?
Ideally, you have answered “yes” to all of these questions. But, if you have more than 2 or 3 “no’s,” it’s time to recruit help in managing your loved one’s care… while setting aside more time to care for yourself.
If you haven’t yet, ask family and friends if they’d be willing to take on different aspects of your loved one’s care. You may be surprised at the number of people who are willing to step up and volunteer their time to provide rides to doctor’s appointments, trips to the grocery store, meal planning, etc.
Help is also available through government, state and community resources. If you need assistance sorting through the services and benefits available, give our office a call so we can st up an appointment to review your options and assist you with any planning that may need to be done to qualify for benefits.
The moral of this post is that being a great caregiver requires that you take care of yourself. The better you feel, the better care you will ultimately provide to your loved one. Remember that we are here to help you work through any legal issues that you face. If you need help planning for your loved one’s care, simply contact the office to schedule an appointment.