Family caregivers often find themselves in an odd situation. They’re caring for someone that they love but find that they’re locked into certain activities. They may even be feeling isolated and alone, which can be a recipe for disaster.
Chances are that you have lost touch with even some of your closest friends. The reality is that you only have so much time in a day and that time gets divided up according to what you absolutely must do. Start prioritizing your relationships. This doesn’t have to mean you spend hours with your friends right out of the gate. Start small with a text or a phone call.
Find New Friends
Just because you’re ready to reignite your friendships, that doesn’t mean your friends are in the same space emotionally speaking. So you might want to consider meeting some new friends. As an adult, that’s not always the easiest thing to do. Practice by starting conversations with people you encounter throughout your day. Eventually you’ll find yourself making new friends.
Use Tools that Fit Your Life
Being busy and having little time for yourself really isn’t a good reason for not reaching out to other people. Use the tools that fit your life to help you to reach out. Social media, texting, and even video chatting can all be incredibly helpful in allowing you to feel and to be less alone while you’re also fulfilling your responsibilities as a caregiver.
Hobbies, Groups, and Clubs Can All Help
Sometimes having a structure involved in building new relationships helps a great deal. This is where relying on clubs, groups, and the hobbies that you already enjoy can make a huge difference. Even if you don’t make a new best friend, you’ll be out and about amongst other people and that is important in its own right.
Get Some Respite Assistance
A common excuse for not doing any of these things is that your senior relies on you and needs your help. This can be true, and yet still be an excuse. Hiring home care providers gives your elderly family member the assistance that she needs while also giving you unfettered time away that you need. You can’t continue to isolate yourself just because your senior needs you.
Continuing to isolate yourself is extremely dangerous for you as a caregiver. It leaves you feeling alone when you really don’t have to be. Humans are not solitary creatures, even if we think we can survive that way.
If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in South Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care Serving Somerset and Middlesex/Union Counties today. Call (732) 607-8870.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.