Self-care for caregivers

Attention caregivers! Read these tips about taking care of YOU.

Thank you McMaster Universitiy for the researsch

Did you know that 80% of older adults with long-term health conditions are cared for at home by family and friends? While informal caregivers take a huge amount of stress off the healthcare system, they take on a lot personally, often to the point where they end up needing care or treatment themselves. Self-care is so important for everyone but it’s important that caregivers take care of themselves so they can better help others. Self-care tips for caregivers include the following:

1.Get enough sleep.

2. Make time to exercise and remain physically active.

3. Fuel your body with nutritious foods.

4. Review your own medications with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure they are       safely meeting your personal wellness goals.

5. Stay social – personal connections play an important role in healthy aging.

6. Get support through support groups and access handbooks, toolkits and other resources online or in person. Case managers and support workers can help connect caregivers to services available in their community.

Remember, self-care is not selfish. Read these evidence based resources about caregiving.

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West Toronto Support Services writes articles about events and news in the community that closely align with our agencies mission of living independently and promoting your health & wellness.   Articles posted under community news don’t necessarily mean we directly endorse them – they are articles of interest that you can pursue further.   We believe a healthy community is a diverse and connected community!

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