Balance is something that caregivers strive for every day. It’s not always easy to find, but you can plan in ways that help you to get closer to balance.
Realistically Assess Everyone’s Needs
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook obvious needs when it comes to caregiving. If it’s been a while since you’ve done a needs assessment, it’s time to sit down and take a look at what you and your elderly family member each need. For instance, your senior may need some more help with daily tasks and you might need some more time away. From there, you need to figure out how to meet those needs.
Develop a Schedule that Meets Those Needs
Your daily schedule is what helps to support your senior’s needs as well as your own. That’s where the actual work is accomplished. You have to first include everything that has a set day and time, such as doctor’s appointments, your own work commitments, and anything else that is set. Then you can see when needs overlap, which might involve choosing solutions like hiring home care providers to take over when you have to be elsewhere.
Plan Lightly to Avoid Overbooking
Whenever possible, keep in mind that over planning can be your enemy here. If you can control the scheduling at all, then planning lightly is going to help quite a bit. This allows you and your senior to have the margin that you need in order to work in time for yourselves.
Factor in Time for You
Speaking of, if you aren’t already scheduling in time for yourself, you need to do so. You need time to rest and to focus on other activities besides just work or caregiving. If you’re not sure how to do this, start by just setting aside a few minutes a day to read, to meditate, or to reach out to friends.
Stick with the Plan, but Adjust When Necessary
Once you have a plan, you have to work that plan. It doesn’t do you any good if you don’t actually put it into practice. That said, however, you need to be able to tweak your plan in order to find the right combination for everyone in your life, especially you.
Some days are going to go better than other days will, but you can still plan to handle as much as possible. Keep your head up and remember why you’re on this caregiving journey with your elderly family member every day.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in South Plainfield, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.
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