Being a family caregiver can be a wonderful experience, giving you an opportunity to bond with your senior loved one and create lasting memories. However, there may also be times when your caregiving responsibilities become overwhelming.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Folsom Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Here are some tips to help you provide your senior loved one with high-quality care while taking care of yourself in the process.
1. Accept Help from Family & Friends
Many new caregivers experience caregiver burnout because they tend to work too much. It is okay to accept help from other family members and friends. You should create a schedule with your family members and assign a specific duty for everyone such as going to the grocery store, taking your loved one to the doctor, or doing housework. This will prevent you from becoming stressed and help stave off high blood pressure and other serious health issues.
2. Set Realistic Goals
If you believe you can get everything done in a short amount of time, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Prioritize and set realistic goals for yourself and your loved one. Make a list of what you plan to get done for the day, but make sure the list isn’t too long. For instance, don’t schedule too many activities for your senior loved one in the same day because it could cause him or her to become confused and irritated. Scheduling too many activities in one day can lead to exhaustion for both seniors and their caregivers.
3. Get Social Support
Speaking with others about the good and bad feelings of being a caregiver is a great way to receive non-judgmental support. Schedule a walk at the local park or a gym date with a friend or family member. This gives you the chance to stay connected with someone other than your senior loved one and talk about the issues that bother you, which helps prevent isolation and depression.
4. Take Care of Your Health
The lifestyle choices you set for your senior loved one should also apply to you. Failing to take care of your health could lead to serious complications. You cannot provide your senior loved one with adequate care if you are confined to your bed or a hospital due to poor health. Here are some of the health-related goals you should set for yourself:
- Get adequate sleep
- Go to the doctor for vaccinations and regular screenings
- Consume healthy foods and fluids
- Stay physically active
Taking care of your health is important when providing care for a senior loved one with dementia or other form of cognitive impairment. You may have to rely on home care experts to tend to your loved one’s needs when you’re taking a break from your caregiving duties to focus on your health. For trusted and reliable dementia care, Folsom families can turn to Home Care Assistance. We are experts in caring for seniors with memory-related conditions, our caregivers are available 24/7, and all of our dementia care programs are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
5. Hire Respite Care
You can hire a professional caregiver to provide care for your loved one while you manage errands and other commitments. Knowing your senior loved one is in great hands will give you an opportunity to relax and take time for yourself, regardless if you are on vacation with friends, catching up on work, or just taking a day or two for yourself.
Families looking to hire a Folsom home caregiver can reach out to Home Care Assistance. All of our hourly and live-in caregivers receive extensive ongoing training to ensure they provide the high-quality in-home care seniors need and deserve. To hire a dedicated caregiver, talk to one of our friendly Care Managers at 916.226.3737 today.