Brand new family caregivers often find themselves thrust into caregiving without much warning or preparation. If that describes your experience, these tips might be able to help you.
Start out with a Respite Plan in Place
A respite plan allows you to have time for yourself without leaving your elderly loved one in the lurch. Hire senior care providers to take over for you or work out a coverage plan with other family members. No matter what you do, don’t use this time to run errands. It’s time for you to recharge.
Don’t Make Promises that You Don’t Know You Can Keep
Many family caregivers want to make promises to their elderly loved ones about what is going to happen down the line. Unfortunately, you don’t know what is waiting for you down the line and you might have to break some of those promises you were most ardent about.
Avoid Quitting Your Job, if Possible
As caregiving becomes more intensive, you might find yourself struggling to balance your work life and your caregiving journey. If you can, try to avoid quitting your job. Talk with your employer first and find out what other options are available to you.
Find a Support Group
Support groups may sound like just one more thing that you have to do, but these meetings can give you a wealth of information. You’re also able to meet other caregivers who are in the same situation that you’re in. Make it a point to keep those meetings when you find a good one that works well for you.
Take Care of Your Own Health
If you’re not taking care of your own health, you’re going to find yourself in a world of trouble in a very short time. Make an appointment with your doctor, especially if you haven’t had an appointment in a long time, and figure out what you need to do in order to keep yourself healthy. If your health fails, you’re not going to be an effective family caregiver on any level.
It’s not always easy to follow all of the advice. Do the best that you can for yourself and your loved one without beating yourself up.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Scottsdale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.