Your alarm goes off in the morning. You wake, shower, get dressed and prepare breakfast for your family. Some days, you must also help your spouse run errands, make a stop at the post office and drop something off at the bank as well.
That list seems long, especially when you think it all happens before 8:00 a.m. Being a Family Caregiver for a senior loved one who requires assistance is an entirely different part of your day, but because you are filling the role as a caregiver, sometimes you have to juggle more than one task at a time.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend and spend approximately 20 hours a week providing care for their loved one each year.
So how do you do it? How do you balance your home life while still being an excellent Family Caregiver?
You Can't Do It Alone
It is important to remember that you can’t do it all alone. Family Caregivers are often people who try to go above and beyond what their duties call for; it’s just the type of personality they have. But sometimes, the ability to ask for help is hard. That’s why it’s important to readily accept the fact that you can’t manage it all and that asking for assistance from other family members, or hiring an at home agency is always an option.
One tip that many researchers are finding helpful is for caregivers to keep a scheduled routine, both in their role as a caregiver and also in their own family life as well.
Three Tips That Help Keep Schedule On Track
- First, it is important to set boundaries. Talk with your loved one about your expectations as their Family Caregiver. Whether you require Sundays be spent at home with your immediate family or you are at home each night for dinner, it will be helpful for your loved one to know when you are available and when you would like to have your own time. This gives your loved one a guideline to follow so that they can respect your time at home.
- Second, set a daily schedule with your loved ones so that they know when to expect a visit from you. For example, it may ease their mind knowing you will arrive each morning at 9:00 a.m.
- Finally, it is important to keep your loved one informed about their scheduled appointments. Letting your loved one be involved and informed of their care will give them a sense of control, and it will also be helpful for you to have another person to remind you in case you forget to check the calendar.
We can help.
When it comes to assistance and questions about home health care, Freudenthal Home Health has many answers. We have trained professionals to assist Family Caregivers in all of the roles they fill. Contact us today to learn how we can be a part of your journey.