Self Care When Caring for a Complex Child

At RSVP Home Care, serving Northern Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, we want to give you a few tips about taking care of yourself when you are taking care of a complex child. If you are the main caregiver of a complex child, your own health and happiness is essential to providing your child with the best care possible. At RSVP Home Care, serving Northern Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, we want to give you a few tips about taking care of yourself when you are taking care of a complex child.

Take Time for Yourself

If you are the main caregiver for a complex child the most important thing you can do to take care of yourself is give yourself time. Do not feel selfish stepping out of caregiver mode and handing the reigns to someone else for a few minutes or hours when you need to. Do things that make you happy, visit with friends, nap, or read a book. You are making a huge sacrifice as the main caregiver of your complex child, but this does not mean that a caregiver is all you are.

Talk to Others

Avoid distancing yourself from others, which is easy to do when you are always so busy. Stay in touch with friends and family or find support groups. Even a quick text or phone call during your child’s nap or at the end of the day can be both stress relieving and a way to keep yourself from feeling isolated. Because of the sometimes-strict schedule that comes along with being a caregiver, it can be hard to squeeze in time for other people. Let your friends and family know this. Keep them in the loop with your life and don’t hide the amount of work you do from them.

Convenience is Key

As the caregiver of a complex child, you will find that menial tasks that were never an issue, like cleaning, grocery shopping, and day-to-day errand running, become a much bigger production. To make your day simpler, and prevent yourself from agitating or disturbing your child’s happy homeostasis within your home, consider using programs and businesses that will help make these tasks easier. Order your groceries online and have them delivered. Order non-perishable foods and other household items from Amazon, using their auto-ship subscription option or Dash Button. Invest in a cleaning service or ask friends and family to come over and fold laundry or help clean. Look for meal delivery and respite care services for days when you have too much work or stress to handle everything by yourself. Utilize whatever assistance you can find to make your days easier.

Don’t Bottle Your Emotion

Let yourself feel how you feel. If you are being the best parent you can be and doing as much as you can, don’t feel bad about asking for help when you need it. Talk to people about how hard being a caregiver can be if you need to and don’t feel like you must hide your feelings. You do not have to hide. Take a small amount of time each day (nothing more than ten minutes) and feel sorry for yourself. This is an inevitable feeling that you should allow yourself to embrace in small doses so you can move forward with your life. If you need to cry, cry. Let the accumulation of stress and sorrow out and then leave it there so you can move forward.

Contact RSVP Home Care of Covington, KY today for help with taking care of your special needs child on the days you need to take care of yourself.