Senior Care in Buckeye AZ
When you’re caring for an elderly loved one, it helps to have your own care plan. You might not have thought about some of these activities, but adding them to your self-care plan can be a huge help.
Avoid Over-stimulation before Bedtime
Often before bed is the perfect time to catch up on television, movies, or even books that you’ve been meaning to enjoy. Some of your choices might be overstimulating, however. If you like noisy shows or extremely active movies, before bed may not be the best time to watch them. Give calmer recreational activities a try before trying to sleep and see if you get better results.
Explore Resources in Your Community
Family caregivers don’t always know about all the resources available to both them and their elderly loved one in their community. If you aren’t already aware of these resources, reach out to county agencies, your loved one’s doctor, or even your loved one’s senior care providers to learn what resources you should look into further.
Develop a Bedtime Ritual
When it’s time for you to go to sleep, do you just fall into bed, exhausted, or do you have a series of activities that you follow first? If you have a bedtime ritual, even a short one, this clues your body and your brain into the idea that it’s time to slow down and get some rest. If you’re just stopping and expecting your body to be able to fall asleep, you’re likely disappointed.
Educate Your Family Members
Family members who don’t know or understand your loved one’s health conditions may not be as helpful as they would be if they had more information. As you learn more about your loved one’s health, share what you learn with other family members. This can help them to understand your loved one better and can even help them understand what you do for your loved one.
Get Professional Help
When you find that you’re in over your head, it’s time to get help right away. Feelings of extreme stress or overwhelm often don’t go away on their own. In fact, they can become significantly worse very quickly. Don’t be afraid to talk to a counselor or a therapist about how you’re feeling. It’s a faster way to work through your feelings and to get the help you need.
Regularly revisit your self-care plan to make sure that it’s still meeting all of your needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Buckeye, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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