Is Your Life as a Caregiver out of Balance?

The key to being an effective caregiver is to have everything in your life in balance. When you’re out of balance, you’ll know. Everything feels more difficult and you can’t seem to get where you want to be.

Caregiver Pittsford NY - Is Your Life as a Caregiver out of Balance?

Caregiver Pittsford NY – Is Your Life as a Caregiver out of Balance?

Your Social Life Is Suffering

Being a caregiver means that a lot of your time naturally goes to your aging family member, of course, but that doesn’t mean that’s your entire life now. You had friends and social obligations in the past and you can still have all of those things now. It’s going to require a little more of a conscious effort from you, probably, but you can definitely make that happen.

You Don’t Remember What You Enjoy Doing for Fun

One of the downsides of having way too much to do is that you often have to put some aspects of your own life aside, including some of the activities that you enjoy doing for fun. After enough time, you might even seem to forget what it is that gave you so much joy before. Take some time to get back in touch with that part of yourself. If you honestly can’t remember what you used to love doing, talk to friends and family members and ask them what they remember bringing you joy.

You’re on the Clock Constantly

You cannot be on the clock day and night with no breaks. There is no employer that requires that of you and if you’re requiring this of yourself as a caregiver, you’re not giving yourself the care that you need. Set aside days that are just for you. If your senior needs someone with her, line up help from other family members or hire elder care providers to take over for you. No matter how you do it, eke out some time that you can spend doing something just for you.

You Don’t Have a Support System

When you’re a caregiver, you’re supporting your elderly family member and her needs. You also need to have your own support system or you’re not going to last long. Find other caregivers who have been where you are and learn what they’ve done that helped them the most. The stronger your support system is the stronger you’ll be.

If you’re noticing that you’re out of balance, you can definitely fix it. Give yourself time to notice what is not working well for you and to find a solution. You might even need to take some time away from caregiving to get your head back to a level place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Pittsford 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)