You’re Making (and Keeping) Your Own Doctor’s Appointments, Right?

Keeping your doctor’s appointments after you make them might feel like a foreign concept to you. That’s unfortunately common for many family caregivers. Don’t make that same mistake, however. It’s up to you to prioritize your health so that you can stay healthy and continue being a caregiver.

 

Senior Care in Orinda CA: Organizing Doctor Appointments

Senior Care in Orinda CA: Organizing Doctor Appointments

 

Your Health Is Important

For so many family caregivers, their own health is just not important. They see no reason to focus on anything other than their care recipient’s health, because that’s what caregiving is all about. What this does, however, is cause potential problems for you on so many levels.

 

Caregiving Puts Stress on Your Body

Being a family caregiver is extremely stressful. If you’re ignoring the signs that your brain and your body are sending you, they’ll start sending you louder signs. Stress-related illnesses are extremely common and they are completely preventable if you’re paying attention to your health. Left untreated, stress can become so terrible and taxing on you that you eventually have no choice about whether you’re able to continue caregiving or not.

 

It’s More than Your Doctor, Too

In case you think this is just about going to your doctor once a year or so, there’s more to your health than just that. Your eye health and your dental health are important, too. All of these pieces fit together into your total health picture. If any of these are out of balance or giving you trouble, it affects more than that one piece of your life. And anything that affects you also affects your ability to be a strong caregiver.

 

Put a Priority on Your Health

When you put a priority on your own health, you’re able to keep yourself on your caregiving path. Blaming caregiving for keeping your time is an excuse that you should avoid. Hire home care providers or arrange for family members to stay with your elderly family member for you. Then you can focus on what you need, coming back to your caregiving duties when you’re fully ready to do so.

Caring for yourself can make you a stronger and better family caregiver. If you’re not on board with that plan, you need to change your point of view.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Orinda, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.