New Year’s resolutions: we love to create them, and can’t help but break them. Perhaps you’ve been energized to eat healthier, lose those stubborn five pounds, quit a habit that is bad or exercise more often; but life has a way of disrupting our best intentions, and this is particularly the case for those providing senior care for a loved one.
To make a real difference in quality of life for both yourself and the senior for whom you provide care, and to learn a New Year’s resolution you’ll actually want to adhere to in the months and years to come, try one of these recommendations, courtesy of the Medford, Oregon home care experts, All Care:
- Be kind – to yourself. Recognize the tremendous selflessness required in caring for someone else, and make an effort to treat yourself to regular, small rewards as a thank-you: a favorite treat from the bakery, dinner ordered in, the latest book from your favorite author, or fresh cut flowers for example.
- Take time for self-care. Pre-flight emergency instructions stress the requirement to make sure your oxygen mask is on before helping someone else, and this principle is just as important on land as in the air. Caring for yourself allows you to supply the finest quality care for your loved one. So maintain regular medical checkups, get lots of rest, and make sure you’re eating a balanced diet.
- Seek out support. Finding a support group for family caregivers, particularly one for a condition that your loved one is battling, such as Alzheimer’s disease, lets you know you’re not alone. The Internet provides a wealth of resources for online support groups if attending meetings that are in-person is difficult.
- Release thoughts. Looking after someone else is a privilege, but often wracked with emotions, from fear to anger to frustration to helplessness. It’s important to find a safe release for these emotions, through journaling or talking with a trusted friend or counselor.
- Request help. No man – or caregiver – is an island, and you can find plenty of willing and capable friends, neighbors, and others who would love to provide support, if only they were asked. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness, to simply accept assistance.
As Medford, OR home care specialists, All Care can also be available to partner with you to provide trusted in-home senior care. Our respite care services offer support from aging care specialists who’re fully experienced and trained in many different aspects of care:
- Personal care, such as washing and dressing
- House care, such as light housework and laundry
- Companion care, including conversations, playing cards and games, and participating in hobbies and interests
- And more, according to each senior’s specific needs
We invite you to contact us in our Medford home care office at (541) 857-9195 or in our Ashland office at (541) 482-9755 for a free in-home assessment to explore how we can share the care journey with you to help you keep your resolve to provide the very best care for your senior loved one.