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HomeCare Matters

January 2019

A Guide to Caregivers' New Year's Resolutions

Would you like to become a happier, healthier caregiver in 2019? Pick two or three items from the “caregiver resolutions” list below. Some are quick and easy; others are more long-term goals. Share the second list with your friends and family – it’s a gentle way to encourage their help and support.

  1. Get enough rest. Find ways to ensure that you get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. What daily activities can you cut out or delegate to make more time for rest? Can you get help from friends or family?
  2. Delegate. Prepare a list of caregiving activities you could use help with. When someone offers to help, refer to the list. Better yet, determine who might help you with each task and then ask for help.
  3. Take 10 minutes, or 15, or more. Commit to doing at least one thing you enjoy or need every day. This might mean meditating, reading, walking, listening to music, or sewing — whatever restores your spirit.
  4. Be kind to yourself. Shake off any self-doubt or guilt that you aren’t doing all you could be doing. Remind yourself daily that you’re doing the best you can for your loved one and your family.
  5. Make and keep preventive care appointments. You can’t take good care of your loved one if you aren’t feeling well yourself. Be sure to keep important doctor’s appointments like mammograms and prostate screenings.
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From its locations in Des Moines and Creston, EveryStep Home Care offers in-home care and support to patients recovering from illness or injury.

EveryStep Home Care is offered in 16 Iowa counties: Polk, Union, Dallas, Jasper, Boone, Story, Marshall, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Adams, Clarke, Taylor, Ringgold and Decatur counties.

To learn more, call EveryStep Home Care at 515-558-9591 or visit

Please contact EveryStep Home Care if you or your loved one answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions:

  • Have you or your loved one been recently hospitalized?
  • Were you or your loved one diagnosed with a new illness or disease?
  • Have you or your loved one had a recent medication change?
  • Do you or your loved one need physical, occupational or speech therapy services?
  • Are you or your loved one at risk for falls?
  • Do you or your loved one have concerns with safety at home?

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