Apr 27, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing
Everyone faces stress throughout the week. When you're a family caregiver, the stress can seem unbearable. You have your own family needing your help, but you also have an elderly parent who relies on you to assist with the daily activities of living. Balancing two households is hard, but there are ways to ease the stress.
Set a Schedule
Start every week by setting a schedule. List items in order of importance. Put tasks that would be nice to get done at the bottom of the list. Leave some gaps through the week. Work your way through them as you can without straining yourself emotionally or physically. Things that don't get done can fill in gaps on other days.
Once you have a weekly schedule, talk to your siblings, family friends, and family members to see if anyone has time to take over one or two of your tasks. You might find your brother is willing to grab groceries for your dad while he's at the store. Your cousin might be available to take your mom to her hair appointment.
Find Activities You and Your Parent Both Love
If you have a favorite hobby, see if your parent will also enjoy it. You love to paint. When you bring over your painting supplies, bring enough for your parent to try it. You might need an instructional video to get them started, but if you can get them hooked, you can immerse yourself in your hobby while your parent joins in.
Go for Long Walks Together
Depending on your parent's tolerance for exercise, a walk is a great way to de-stress. Head to a local nature trail and take a leisurely stroll through the woods, around a lake, or on a beach. You might be able to keep your mom or dad interested by looking for birds, having them identify flowers, or searching for interesting rocks, shells, or pieces of sea glass.
You need to arrange respite care. While it benefits you because you get a break, it also benefits your parent. Your mom or dad gets to spend time with someone else. They'll have a new avenue for conversations and caregivers may enjoy activities that you prefer to avoid.
Respite care is one of the many services home care agencies offer. From help with bathing and grooming to light housework and laundry, home care helps your parent stay at home and embrace being independent. Make a call and learn more about respite care and other senior care services.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care services in Clinton, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.