Choosing to look after an elderly parent is a huge undertaking. It takes time to settle into a routine that lets you enjoy other aspects of your life, while providing the necessary care to keep your loved one safe.
Statistics from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP show more than half (56%) of family caregivers have to juggle working over 40-hour weeks and looking after a loved one at the same time.
Keeping up at this rate is something Natalia Beach, the owner of the in-home care provider, Always Best Care, thinks is likely to lead to burnout. Once this happens, it not only puts your own health at risk but the health of the person you’re caring for, as well.
To help make sure you’re working to a schedule that is sustainable long into the future, Beach has been kind enough to come up with three smart tips to help bring some normality back to your life.
Fall Back on Family and Friends
It may seem like the most logical option, but you’d be surprised how reluctant people are to ask for help.
A family member is likely to have a pre-existing relationship with your loved one, which should make them more likely to want to help in any way they can.
Try to remember that any assistance doesn’t have to come in the form of helping your loved one directly – it could, for example, involve them picking up your kids from school once or twice a week. In such circumstances, a caring friend may also be willing to lend a hand so that you don’t have to feel like you need to be in two places at once.
Find Them a Social Circle
A group of friends, particularly those that benefit from a greater range of mobility, can take the weight of the world off your shoulders and bring great joy to your loved one at the same time.
Apart from the obvious benefits that social interaction brings, a friend may also be able to carry out small errands, such as cooking dinner, which might mean you can take the evening off.
Consider Home Care
If it feels like it’s becoming all too much, then the most sensible choice is in-home care. The great thing about choosing such as option is you’ll have full flexibility about how often you need them to help, meaning you’ll only pay for the care you need.
Many seniors in home care in Terre Haute, IN benefit from having an extra pair of experienced hands around the place, not only for their physical health, but for their mental well being, as well.