How a Home Care Provider Can Help You Cope if You Suffer from Migraines

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Posted: 5/26/2016 9:11 AM by Interim HealthCare
Home Care in Layton UT

If you are one of the approximately 12 percent of the United States population, around 37 million people, who suffers from migraines, you know how challenging these headaches can be. June is Migraine Awareness Month. This is the ideal time for you as a family caregiver to recognize how your migraine symptoms impact your ability to care for your aging loved one and find ways to adjust your care to address your health needs while making sure your parent stays healthy and safe.

One truly exceptional way that you can help yourself manage your caregiver responsibilities while also dealing with your migraine symptoms is to hire a home care provider for your aging parent. Some of the ways that this in home health care services provider can help your care routine if you suffer from migraines include:

• Stress reduction. Studies have shown that stress increases not only the instance of migraine episodes, but also the intensity of those episodes. Being a caregiver is inherently stressful, but if you know that you have help handling your aging parent's care needs, you will not feel as much stress. Just knowing that you do not have all of the responsibility on you can immediately reduce your stress and help you to feel more in control so that you are better prepared to handle your own health needs.

• Handling heavier tasks. For some people, a migraine headache is painful, but not necessarily enough to stop them from doing what they need to do during the day. Excessive physical activity, however, can increase those symptoms to a truly debilitating degree. A home care provider can step in to handle heavier tasks that might push you over that threshold. Tasks such as helping your parent bathe, dress, and transfer, or managing errands can be difficult on you when you are trying to avoid severe symptoms. Having the care provider do them can make the entire experience much less difficult for you.

• Care during episodes. If you are suffering from a very serious episode you are likely not going to be able to handle your care tasks. Light, sound, smell, taste, and movement all trigger and worsen symptoms. When this happens, you need to be able to take care of yourself, which means resting and not leaving the house. When this happens, it is important to know that your aging parent is still getting the care that they need while you are continuing to take care of yourself. When you know that your loved one has this support you can fully relax and focus on supporting your own health.
If you have been experiencing more headaches than usual, get in touch with your doctor to discuss possible preventative measures that you can use to reduce the number of headaches that you experience, as treatment options to reduce the intensity of the episodes when they do occur. Discuss these with your aging adult so that they can team with you to handle these needs within the context of their own care journey.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Layton, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today (801) 206-9366.
Brenda Funk, CSA,  Owner, Interim HealthCare, Ogden, UT
Brenda Funk, owner of Interim HealthCare of Ogden, is an active member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the world's largest organization dedicated to certifying professionals who serve seniors. Additionally, Brenda holds the designation of Certified Senior Advisor.

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