New Year’s resolutions: we love to make them, and can’t help but break them. Perhaps you’ve been energized to eat healthier, lose those stubborn ten pounds, quit a bad habit or exercise more regularly; but life has a way of interfering with our best motives, and this is particularly true for family caregivers of senior loved ones.
To make a real difference in quality of life for both yourself and the senior for whom you provide care, and to find out a New Year’s resolution you’ll actually want to adhere to into the months and years to come, try one of these recommendations from Live Well at Home of Roseville, CA:
- Be appreciative – of yourself. Recognize the tremendous selflessness required in caring for someone else, and take time to take care of yourself through regular, small rewards as a thank-you: a favorite treat from the ice cream shop, lunch ordered in, a magazine you enjoy, fresh cut flowers or whatever brings a smile to your face.
- Take time for self-care. Pre-flight emergency instructions stress the necessity to ensure your oxygen mask is on before helping someone else, and this is just as true on land. Caring for yourself allows you to supply the best quality care for your loved one. So keep regular medical checkups, get plenty of rest, and ensure you’re eating a balanced diet.
- Seek out support. Finding a support group for caregivers, especially one for a condition that your senior loved one is battling, such as Alzheimer’s disease, lets you know you’re not alone. The Internet provides a variety of resources for online support, if going to meetings that are in-person proves to be difficult.
- Unburden negative feelings. Providing care for somebody else often means carrying a lot of emotions, from fear to anger to frustration to helplessness. It’s important to find a safe and productive release for these emotions, through journaling or talking with a trusted friend or counselor, for instance.
- Request help. No man – or caregiver – is an island, and you likely have plenty of willing friends, next-door neighbors, and family members who would want to offer support, if only they were asked. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness, to accept help.
Live Well at Home is also available to partner with you with trusted in-home senior care. Our respite care services offer family caregivers the expertise of aging care specialists who’re fully trained in many different aspects of care:
- Personal care, such as bathing and dressing
- Housekeeping, such as light housework and laundry
- Companion care, including engaging in conversation, playing cards and games, and participating in hobbies and interests
- And far more, according to each senior’s individual needs
Live Well at Home provides exceptional in home care in Roseville, CA and the surrounding area. We invite you to contact us at 916-459-3220 for a free in-home consultation to explore how we can share the care journey with you – and to help you keep your resolve to provide the best care for your senior loved one.