Will Your Health Change When You Care for Your Parent?

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It’s hard to imagine, but some people do experience changes to their health when caring for a parent. The emotional strain can make you isolated and anxious or depressed. Dietary changes may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

Does this mean your health will definitely change? Not necessarily, but you need to be proactive. You need to understand the warning signs and take steps to prevent family caregiving from impacting your health.

Home Care Ashland OH - Will Your Health Change When You Care for Your Parent?

Home Care Ashland OH – Will Your Health Change When You Care for Your Parent?

Why Does Blood Pressure Increase?

While there are links to family history and high blood pressure, it’s not the only case. Too much stress, a diet high in sodium, and excess body weight all impact the pressure of the blood that’s rushing through your veins.

High blood pressure isn’t always noticeable. You may feel lightheaded, but not everyone does. The only way to really know if it’s an issue is by taking blood pressure readings on a regular basis. You can do this at home using a home sphygmometer. The goal is to have numbers lower than 120 over 80. If it is consistently higher, you need to see a doctor.

If you do have high blood pressure, diet and exercise are likely to be recommended before you go onto medications. Ideally, you should get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day and eat a diet that focuses more on vegetables than protein. Try to fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with a whole grain, and the other quarter with a lean protein source.

How Can You Tell If You’re Depressed?

Depression is more than feeling sad. You lose interest in activities you formerly enjoyed. A depressed person feels blue every day for months. Sleep changes can indicate depression is a possibility. Weight loss or weight gain, suicidal thoughts, and mood swings are other indicators. If depression is suspected, it’s important to get help. Medications, therapy, and a focus on self-care will help you feel better.

Take Breaks, Even If You Don’t Feel That It’s Necessary

You may think you’re doing fine and that you can keep going. You need to take regular breaks as a preventative measure against burning out. Stop and think about the difficulties you’ll face if you don’t reach out for help. If you’re letting your own physical and mental health slip and you reach a crisis point, what happens to your mom or dad? Who will care for them if you can’t?

Home care is designed to help lighten your load. Call an agency to discuss home care services that give you more time to yourself. Respite care is an important home care service as it helps you take a break. Arrange respite care today and start taking care of yourself for a change.

If you are considering Home Care Services in Ashland OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.