Home Instead encourages caregiver downtime

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Those that care for an aging loved one know it can be very stressful, which is why it is important for caregivers to take care of themselves.

And there is no better way to relax than on a cruise, which is why Home Instead is giving away a cruise.

Dottie Johntony from Home Instead Senior Care said caring for a loved one is stressful, not only on the caregiver, but also on the person being taken care of because they can sense the stress from their caregiver.

She said each person is different, so signs of caregiver stress vary. However, some of the most common signs are lack of sleep, heartburn and constant worrying. Johntony said caregivers have to take care of themselves in order to be a good caregiver, whether they are a paid caregiver or a family member.

To help ease the stress on caregivers, Home Instead is giving away a four-night, five-day cruise to an unpaid family caregiver. They can nominate themselves or someone else can nominate them for the contest.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 24 and the cruise will take place Feb. 3-7, 2014. Once a person is nominated, voting will take place and the caregiver who gets the most votes nationally will get a paid cruise to Coco Cay in Nassau, Bahamas, leaving out of Port Canaveral, Fla. The cruise will be on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas.

In addition to the cruise, winners also will get 40 free hours of in-home care provided by their local Home Instead office.

To nominate someone and to vote, click here. Voting is open to the public.

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