Chances are you didn’t plan on becoming a caregiver; it’s usually a thought way in the back of our minds that we try not to entertain. Caregiving often begins small before transforming into a indefinite role. Sometimes it’s a medical status change that you never saw coming.
Caregiving can be physically and emotionally taxing. It is also a rewarding, selfless act. But it shouldn’t come at the expense of your wellbeing and health.
Here are 6 tools for getting organized and balancing caregiving with self care.
Documentation Gather important documents and keep them in a file or safe.
Caregiver calendar Planning a calendar may be the most important organizational component. Color coding can help differentiate doctor appointments, relief caregiver scheduling, and activities.
Medication Management Maintain an up to date detailed medication list, try and work with only one pharmacy.
Home Safety Prevent falls by clearing clutter, arrange furniture with room to walk, and install handrails are good basics with which to start.
Personal Time Most caregivers get so wrapped up into meeting the needs of a loved one they forget about themselves. Hire an in-home senior care provider or call family or close friends to take your mind off daily stresses.
Support system If you do not have a team of home-care attendants please look into joining a local caregiver support group.