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Unfortunately, most people living with the elderly seem not to play their part as caregivers. But, there are reasons why family members may not be handy in caregiving, and they don’t need to be lazy or uncaring. At times, people don’t have a clue of where to start or even what to do. Your relatives may also not understand the need to offer a helping hand because they don’t get how much energy and time you put in caring for the elderly. Caregiving is not easy, and so you need to be armed with these senior care pointers.
1. Understand How Much Care is Needed
When you overwhelm yourself with a long list of things to do, you’ll focus more on the tasks and fail to see the overall picture. What you need to understand first is the care your elderly needs. Start by breaking down the daily, weekly, and monthly activities necessary during the day, night, and weekends. This way, you’ll know the supervision required and at what time of day.
A notepad can be of help in capturing everything that happens when taking care of the elderly. After a week, you’re able to analyze the notepad and understand better the areas and time the elderly deserve your attention more.
2. Get Help with Caregiving
At times, finding caregiving help might take a lot of your time and effort. But, this is an investment that shall pay off eventually. To get the help you require, you have to put in a lot of effort, patience, and creativity. The good thing is, in the end, you’ll reduce your workload, stress and you’ll get regular breaks. You can talk to a professional who will be able to help you determine the best type of in-home senior care for your family.
For you to spot more opportunities for getting help, be open-minded. By referring to your notepad, you’ll also be sure of the kind of help you need. Ideas on areas and times that you may require assistance include the following.
- Enrollment of the elderly in an adult day program for socializing purposes as you rest
- Hiring in-home caregivers to get regular breaks
- Using respite care services to get longer breaks
- Signing up for meal delivery to minimize the meals you cook daily
To minimize your errands, you can focus on buying household supplies in bulk. Or, you may order goods online as you’ll get deliveries at your doorstep. Try to eliminate errands, and you’ll save much of your time and energy.
3. Be Realistic About How Much Care you Can Provide Without Harming Your Health
Having known how much the elderly demand of your time, energy, and resources, you can tell if you can manage taking care of your loved one or not. By going through the list, you may realize you require help with various tasks. It’s good to be realistic about the extent to which you can give care without harming your health.
Bear in mind that you’ll end up in serious health complications when you overload yourself with caregiving. And once you tire or get ill, you won’t manage to care for your loved one. So, be proactive and find ways of acquiring help where necessary. This is important because you’ll maintain your health and manage to carry on with caregiving.
4. Share the Caregiving Responsibility
You may do such a remarkable caregiving job that no one can tell that you need assistance. So, don’t hesitate to ask your siblings and relatives to take part in caring for the elderly since you also need breaks.
But, be prepared for different ways of getting assistance from family. For instance, to some, it could mean moving into your home for some time. Others may suggest living with the elderly for some time at their home. So, whichever means help comes, be creative and flexible to adapt.