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How You Can Make Time to Exercise as a Caregiver for Mom

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Sometimes it can feel as though time is simply not on your side. You might be rushing around to get ready in the morning, scrambling to get out the door on time, and no matter what you do you’re still running late to work. If you’re caring for your elderly mother, the challenges you face and the constraints on your time can be even more pronounced.

As a caregiver, stress is likely a significant part of your life. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can always talk to your mother about relying on home care services, at least for a couple of hours a day, maybe two or three days a week.

The important thing about being a family caregiver.

One of the most important and overlooked aspects of being a family caregiver is taking care of yourself. If you don’t take care of yourself, if you don’t get exercise, eat right, and make time to relax and unwind in the evening before going to bed, your health will be compromised.

You will become unfocused, fatigued, and overwhelmed with stress that can impact your relationships, work life, and much more.

Exercise is incredibly important for everyone, regardless of physical capabilities, condition, or age. Most medical professionals recommend people get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day, at a minimum. When you’re a family caregiver, though, you might feel like you simply don’t have time to do that.

Consider these ideas that may free up enough time for you to focus on some exercise every single day.

Hire a home care aide.

As noted earlier, a home care aide can be a valuable asset for seniors and their family members. These home care providers can be hired for just a couple of hours a day, one, two, or more days a week. They can also be relied upon for full-time, around-the-clock care.

Just a couple of hours a day a few days a week might be all you need to work out and get some exercise consistently every single day.

Limit yourself.

Far too many family caregivers don’t set limits on how much time they devote to their elderly loved one. You need to set limits. After a certain time in the evening, before a certain time in the morning, and how many times you’ll stop over or be there for your mother is important.

You can limit yourself by remembering that a home care aide can be a valuable asset.

Lean on family and friends.

If your mother adamantly refuses to rely on a professional home care aide, turn to other family members and maybe even friends who might be able to help out each week. These individuals may be able to give you the time you need to get exercise consistently.

The more exercise you get, the better you’re going to feel and that will have repercussions in the quality of care you provide.


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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.

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