Caregiving articles

Caregiving responsibilities can influence your decision on when to retire and can affect your post-retirement well-being.

Being a carer can be hard work and you need to make time to look after yourself too. Keeping healthy will reduce the risk of you being unable to look after someone due to a problem with your own health. Below are some top tips on keeping healthy and making sure you look after your own needs: Eat well A balanced diet includes at least five different portions of fruit and vegetables a day (either fresh, frozen or tinned). A third of your diet should consist of starchy foods (bread, cereals, potatoes, pasta and rice). Also try to cut back on salt, sugar, saturated fats and 'trans fats' which can push up your cholesterol level and increase your risk of heart disease. Look after your health Eat properly, try to get some exercise when you can, and make sure you get regular check-ups from your doctor. If you’ve got a symptom you’re concerned about, get it checked out quickly. Don’t leave it to get worse. Look after yourself emotionally Caring is hard, and many carers get depressed or anxious. Speak to a local carers’ organisation, other carers, friends or family members about how you feel. Tell your doctor if you’re feeling low and ask what help they can give you. Ask others to help Many people want to help but don’t know how. Give them specific things you need doing and specific times you need them to come. They may well be pleased to be asked. Make sure you get a break, even for a few hours This will help your recharge your batteries. Use this for your interests if you can, rather than chores like grocery shopping. You may be able to get some funding to help you do this. Speak to your local carers’ organisation about what’s available. Don’t feel alone Get in touch with other carers or other people with interests similar to yours. If it’s difficult to get out, you could join an online group if you have access to a computer. Article reproduced with the kind permission of CABA, the organisation providing lifelong support to ICAEW members, ACA students and their close family around the world.

Aug 08, 2019