If you are caring for a parent or loved one, burn out and other serious health conditions are a top risk. Maintaining a healthy pace is essential. These tips will help guide you.
Assess the level and amount of care that is needed.
Begin by creating a task list of daily, weekly and monthly duties. Break the list down into morning, afternoon, evening and night time. Next to the task write if supervision is needed to complete the task. Make sure all assistance needs are listed on the log and write down the time of day help is needed.
Evaluate the home for safety and fall prevention.
Install grab bars, hand rails, and a shower bench.
Secure dangerous flooring, remove cords, cables, clutter, remove loose carpet and rugs that slip or are in the path of walking. Add lighting to hall ways, bathroom and stairs.
Have a "real" conversation with yourself as to the amount of care you can provide while keeping your health in tact.
Be proactive and search for ways to find the help that is needed.
Establish and schedule a care team.
Churches and other community based organizations offer volunteer senior companion programs that can provide companionship and socialization.
Consider an adult day care for one to two days per week. Many provide pick up and drop off service.
Hire a Home Care company for periodic respite care and weekly breaks.
Contact the Senior Services center in your county. Sign up for Meals on Wheels or other services that are provided such as transportation and bathing assistance.
Ask for support from other family members or close friends for errands, dropping off meals or just sitting with your loved one for a few hours each week so that you can take the much needed time to care for yourself.
Look into financial help from Federal, State, and private programs that will cover the cost of many services.
Contact a free service from the National Council On Aging called Benefitscheckup.org
Contact Eldercare Locator eldercare.acl.gov to find help in your community. This is a public service of the U.S. Administration on aging. They can also be reached at 1-800-677-1116.
Whenever possible take a break from your caregiving role so that you can re-enter with a refreshed perspective.
If the challenges of caring for a loved one is making life overwhelming, we are here to help! Just knowing that companies like ours are available when you need support and an extra set of caring hands make the process less stressful and smooth. Should your loved one need care, call us today at 770-442-8664. Easy Living Services, Inc. Providing Home Care Assistance to Metro Atlanta families since 1994.