In the waiting period between being approved for and allocated a Home Care Package, its very important that you maintain your health and wellbeing. Fortunately wait times are a lot less than they used to be but you could still be waiting up to six months, and a lot can happen in that time!
Staying as healthy and active as you can is vital to ensure that your care needs don’t increase before your Home Care Package becomes available for use.
In this blog post, we’ll explore some practical tips on how to stay healthy while waiting for the support you deserve.
1. Moving Is Key
Exercise doesn’t have to mean running a marathon or lifting weights at the gym. It’s about finding movements that are comfortable and bring you enjoyment. Whether it’s a gentle stroll in the park, a bit of yoga in your living room, or dancing like no one’s watching, get that body moving. Exercise not only keeps you physically healthy but works wonders for your mind as well.
2. Fuel Your Body With Nutrient-Rich Foods
While waiting for your Home Care Package, focus on eating the types of foods that a high in nutrients. If you can, try to avoid processed food as they are high in either salt, fat, sugar and preservatives. Fill your plate with colourful fruit, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains. It’s not just about eating; it’s about giving your body the fuel it needs to thrive.
Take your drink bottle with you wherever you go, water is your body’s best friend. It’s easy to underestimate the power of something as simple as water, but it plays a crucial role in keeping your body functioning at its best. On average, we need around 8-10 cups of water every day.
4. Get Good Sleep
Sleep is incredibly important as it lets our body and mind rest and repair. While waiting for your Home Care Package, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Create a cosy bedtime routine, turn off the screens, and let your body recharge. A well-rested you is a healthier you.
Easier said than done? Many adults have problems getting to sleep or staying asleep. As we age, sleep can become tricker and trickier.
5. Mind Matters
Your mind deserves some attention too. Engage in activities that bring you joy – read a book, solve puzzles, or dive into a hobby you’ve always wanted to explore. On the flip side, don’t forget to relax. Mindfulness, meditation, or simply taking a moment to breathe deeply can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.
6. Stay Social (even if its virtual)
While waiting for your Home Care Package, don’t let yourself become a hermit. It’s easy to do, especially if we feel like we can’t do the things the same way we’ve always been able to. Make sure you stay connected with friends and family, even if it’s through video calls or social media. Social interactions are like vitamins for the soul, and they can significantly contribute to your overall wellbeing. Avoiding them can lead to isolation and lonelines, which can have a very serious impact on your wellbeing.
7. Stay Positive
Waiting for anything can be a test of patience, but it’s all about perspective. Look for the silver linings. Maybe it’s the extra time to focus on a hobby, the chance to explore new recipes, or the joy of spending more time with loved ones. Embracing positivity can have a profound impact on your health.
8. Create A Comfortable Living Space
Your surroundings play a big role in your wellbeing. Take the time to create a comfortable and cosy living space. Whether it’s adding some plants, rearranging furniture, or creating a dedicated relaxation corner, make your home a place where you feel happy and at ease.
9. Laugh A Little – Or A Lot!
Laughter really is the best medicine. Find opportunities to inject humour into your day. Watch a funny movie, listen to a comedy podcast, or spend time with people who make you laugh. Laughter not only lifts your spirits but also has numerous health benefits.
10. Stay Informed
Knowledge is power. While waiting for your Home Care Package, stay informed about your health. Attend check-ups, ask questions, and be an active participant in your wellbeing. Being your own health advocate ensures you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to your care.
How CareAbout can help
We know the wait for your Home Care Package can be challenging. But you’re not alone! We’re here to help you! With years of experience in Aged Care, we are equipped to offer you personalised tips and advice, ensuring that your journey is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Our free service is available Australia-wide, providing you with obligation-free access to our team of Aged Care Specialists and our handpicked panel of high-quality, local Aged Care providers. Simply call us on 1300 721 855 and let us take care of you.