How to Make Caregiving EasierMay 26, 2023
It’s no secret how demanding a job caregiving is. When you take on this role, you become the individual who ensures that your elderly loved one is able to age with dignity and grace in the comfort of their home. This is no small feat, and the workload that comes with it clearly expresses that.
Sometimes, how to make caregiving easier is all about a few, relatively simple changes. Imposing a new habit, or device, in your life may seem like a daunting task at first. However, the benefits of doing so are plentiful.
Reset your personal boundaries
There are certain conversations you may avoid having out of a sense of propriety—such as about toileting and bathing. While it may be uncomfortable to discuss these topics, they become important conversations as your loved one ages. Rethink these boundaries so you can offer your loved one more timely care.
That being said, as the primary caregiver, you may be inclined to take on everything all at once. This isn’t always necessary. If something isn’t urgent and you have other things on your plate, politely tell your elderly loved one that you will get to it as soon as you can. In the long run, setting clear limits on your work will help you work more efficiently.
Organization is useful in every aspect of life, but especially caregiving. When you first take on your family caregiving role, take some time to organize any essential documents you may need to offer your loved one care. You should also keep a schedule that outlines all the tasks and appointments you may need to keep track of.
With so many caregiving responsibilities to contest with, you are likely focused on just getting from point A to point B. It’s important you set aside the to-do list from time to time so that you can be present in the current moment. This will allow you to better understand how your family member is feeling at the current moment and what it is you can do to help them.
Consider purchasing these items to make caregiving easier
When your elderly loved one starts to need help around the home, there are certain things you may consider purchasing in order to make both of your lives easier. While none of these products are necessary by any means, you’ll likely be happy to have them.
- Sit-to-stand toilet—a device that aids with the transfer from seating to standing when toileting
- Motion-sensor lights—to help light dim areas in the home and avoid tripping hazards
- GPS tracker—if your loved one wanders, GPS trackers will provide you peace of mind
- Meal delivery/kit—if your elderly loved one dislikes cooking, a meal delivery service (that either provides pre-cooked meals or pre-portioned ingredients) will help them eat healthily
For caregiving support, consider Home Care Powered by AUAF
Acting as a family caregiver can be stressful, but Home Care Powered by AUAF makes it easier. For 30 years, our staff has provided seniors with the non-medical support they require to age in the comfort of their homes. We would be happy to help you too.
To learn more about how we can support your elderly loved one, or how to become a family caregiver with us, call us at 773-274-9262.
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