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What is Self-Care and Why Is It Important?

Self-care is defined as the act of putting yourself first and taking the time to do things for yourself. Self-care is important because it allows an individual to rest, relax or do things for themselves that they would not normally do. Self-care can be in the form of many things, including napping, getting a massage, taking the day to lounge and relax or simply running errands that you normally do not have time to do. Self-care is imperative when it comes to an individuals mental and emotional health, especially for family caregivers!

How Does Self-Care Help Family Caregivers?

 
If you are a family caregiver, you are probably working tirelessly to make sure that your family and patient are equally happy and healthy. Balancing being a family or primary caregiver and attending to your daily duties as a parent, wife, husband, son, daughter, etc. can be challenging. Balance is something that caregivers both need and struggle to find, as their heart and soul is being poured into their work. As a family caregiver, it is important to know when you are experiencing caregiver burn out or fatigue and when you need a break. When you recognize that you need help, it is important to seek the help of your friends and family, as well as respite care providers that can step in for you in your absence.

Practicing self-care can help a familial or primary caregiver have a happy heart, soul and mind during chaotic times. When you take the time to take care of yourself, you can come back to your duties as a caregiver feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to accomplish all of your caregiving tasks. Self-care does not have to mean that you remove yourself completely from your caregiving duties for a period of time, but rather can be daily tasks you accomplish to put yourself first. Self-care activities include, but is not limited to:

  • Taking a short vacation
  • Going for a manicure or pedicure
  • Booking a massage
  • Taking the day to simply stay in bed and lounge
  • Taking a much-needed nap or rest
  • Going to appointments or running errands that you do not have time for normally.
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Feeding your spiritual self
  • Hiring a respite care provider to simply take a break

Respite care could be the perfect solution for you and your loved ones if you are looking to experience a longer break from caregiver duties. A respite care provide can give in home caregivers the relief that he or she needs to bounce back from the caregiver stress and burnout that they are feeling. Self-care can come in many forms and timeframes, from taking 5 minutes to take a deep breath to taking a week to go on a vacation to get your mind in a healthy and happy place.

We encourage all people, especially family and primary caregivers, to take the time to practice self-care. As a caregiver, it is imperative that you feel rested, rejuvenated and ready to take on the challenges that presents itself during your day. We hope that you will take the time to put yourself and your mental, physical and emotional health first!

 

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
I LOVE BEING ON CALL THRU THE WEEK MAKE MORE MONEY, WORK WHEN YOU WANT. LOVE LOVE LOVE 24 HR AND ALL THE STAFFERS THERE THE BEST.
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

The Most Trusted Caregivers

The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry's best caretakers so that they have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our caregivers through nationwide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one's home and well-being with our company, and we take that very seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, but we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!

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