Caring for themselves is one of the most important – and most often forgotten – things caregivers must do for themselves.
The stress and physical demands of caregiving place older caregivers at risk for health problems of their own. Even adult children who have assumed a caregiver role for their parents while juggling work and raising children face an increased risk for depression, chronic illness and a decline in quality of life.
Research has shown that despite these risks, caregivers of any age are less likely than non-caregivers to practice preventive healthcare and will postpone or fail to make medical appointments for themselves. That’s why SNEAD EYE GROUP strongly encourages caregivers to schedule an annual eye exam. This one simple appointment can address visual loss issues which may affect the ability to care for another person, as well as detect other health concerns you yourself may not be aware of.
Remember, it is not selfish to focus on your own needs and desires when you are a caregiver-it’s an important part of the job.
If you’re a caregiver, remember to take care of yourself and call our office today to schedule your annual eye exam – or encourage a caregiver you know to do so. With two convenient locations in Naples and Fort Myers, there’s no reason to put it off any longer.