Caring for a loved one at home may be both rewarding and challenging. Fortunately, with a little forethought and organisation, you can make the process smoother and more efficient for yourself and the person you’re caring for.
Make your loved one’s needs a top priority.
Planning out what has to be done may go a long way toward ensuring that everything is completed on a given day.
Prioritizing the most critical chores for the day is also crucial; what must be completed quickly and what may be put off for the time being?
Making a basic checklist can assist you in this and guarantee that you are not rushing about at the last minute attempting to complete tasks that might have been completed earlier in the day.
However, maintaining the safety of your loved one should always be your top priority. If there are any possible risks in the residence, take care of them first. This is especially critical for dementia caregivers, as there is a higher danger of someone with the disease harming themselves if there are dangers around.
Keeping your independence
A sense of independence is one of the numerous issues that elderly people experience as they age, especially when they have a caregiver.
While older age might make it difficult for many seniors to undertake chores they once could, many still want to preserve some level of independence in their lives.
As a caregiver, there are several methods to assist your loved ones in maintaining their independence. You might ask your loved one to assist you with some easy duties such as cooking, or if cleaning is necessary, duties such as putting out the laundry can help your loved one preserve their independence.
A peaceful night’s sleep
Sleep is essential for everyone, but it is more so for the elderly. As a caregiver, making sure your loved one’s bedroom is pleasant and conducive to a good night’s sleep can go a long way toward improving their health.
Consider black-out drapes or blinds to block the light out during the summer when the sun is up for extended periods of time. Look for additional factors that can be interfering with your sleep, such as a ticking clock.
Self-care is important.
While your primary responsibility as a caregiver is to care for your loved one, it is equally critical that you care for yourself.
Allowing yourself moments of rest from time to time may be quite beneficial as a caregiver. Being a caregiver may be physically and psychologically draining.
Caring may be an alienating experience at times, so making sure you have healthy friendships and socialise is a good way to fight this. Even an hour spent catching up with a buddy over coffee might be beneficial.
If you need a longer break, you may always place your loved ones in the place where they rest for a day to give yourself the time you need to be at your best while caring for your loved one.