A common lament among caregivers, especially Sandwich Generation caregivers, is that there are not enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done. Every so often, caregivers need to remind themselves that they are doing their personal best. If you haven’t been making yourself a priority over the last year, you’re not alone. However, with New Year is upon us, it’s the perfect time to take inventory of your life and pinpoint some changes you want to make. Changing how you approach your caregiving responsibilities doesn’t mean that you care less. To the contrary, changing your mindset to focus on self-care and strengthing your relationship with your care receiver is a clear indication of the depth of your love.
You cannot provide care for others if you are exhausted and burnt out. It’s ok to take a day off to let a sibling check in with your aging parent. You don’t have to handle every task and request personally. Also, make sure you’re eating enough nutritious food and sleeping enough every night. Stress and poor diet will take a toll on your physical and mental health. These personal care issues will allow you to be present for your loved one when it counts.
Find More Ways To Spend Quality Time
Often caregivers find themselves spending the vast majority of their time and effort on fulfilling care needs for their care receiver rather than just enjoying being with them. This can put a strain on your relationship and diminish mental and emotional health for both of you. Resolving to spend more quality time together is a way it to improve your bond and experience more meaning in your care journey.
Ask for Help
Being a family caregiver does not mean having to take on all of the responsibilities and needs on your own. Ask your family to chip in, or consider hiring professional help if you need it. This doesn’t mean you’re admitting defeat. JFCS offers free monthly support groups, geriatric case management, non-medical home care, and affordable senior transportation. Call us if you’ve reached a point where you need support but don’t know how to proceed. We’ll walk you through your options to help you provide better care for your loved one.
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