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New Year Resolutions for Family Caregivers of Senior Loved Ones

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

With the New Year steadily approaching, many people are thinking about their goals and ambitions for 2016. For family caregivers of senior loved ones, there may be a desire to enhance their caregiving skills. If you’re a family caregiver looking for ways to better your skills and enhance your senior loved one’s wellbeing, providers of at-home care in Palm Desert have some great ideas for New Year’s resolutions. 

Prioritize Time with Your Loved One

One of the most prominent issues caregivers face is trying to cram everything into the 24-hour day. Good time management can be the key to completing important tasks without you and your senior loved one feeling rushed or stressed. More importantly, it’s important to make sure your life allows for quality time with your senior loved one. If you find you don’t have the time to give your senior loved one the necessary attention, take a good look at your life and see how you can rearrange your schedule to better accommodate your senior loved one. If you can afford to cut back on your time spent at work or put off certain chores, it might be worth it. Consider looking for more fun activities you and your loved one can enjoy together rather than separately to allow for more quality time. 

Maintain an Organized Schedule

Consider investing in a day planner, calendar, or other notebook in which you can write down important dates, appointments, and events for you and your loved one. In addition to keeping track of appointments, you can organize all of the materials needed for caregiving tasks such as bathing, dressing, or other care activities ahead of time. This type of organization can reduce frustration for both your senior loved one and yourself. Making to-do lists and outlining important tasks ahead of time can ensure nothing is forgotten throughout your busy day. Your schedule may not always go according to plan, but at least you will have all of the necessary information in front of you so you can readjust. Keeping a familiar schedule can help your loved one, too. Seniors who require Palm Desert in-home dementia care typically adjust to surroundings better when they have a structured routine to follow.

Tackle Tasks in Order of Difficulty

If you have caregiving tasks you find difficult, frustrating, or just plain unenjoyable, try to get those tasks out of the way toward the beginning of the day so you can complete them while you are at your freshest and most patient. Putting off tasks you or your senior loved one dislike can make you both cranky and burnt out before the day is out. Additionally, you may consider tackling the most energy-consuming tasks first when you both have the most energy to spare. For instance, if your loved one finds it tiring to take a bath, suggest getting it over with while he or she is still feeling rested.

Caregiving for a senior family member can be challenging, but when you implement the above resolutions, you may find 2016 less stressful. For more ideas on how to enhance your caregiving skills or for help caring for your senior loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and post-stroke care in Palm Desert helps seniors age in place with the utmost dignity and compassion, which is why we are a leading home care provider families can trust. Call an experienced Care Manager today at (760) 345-0001 to learn more about our services and schedule a no-obligation consultation.