Caring for your elderly loved one can be hard to manage, especially if your loved one is resistant to receiving senior care. It’s normal to feel anxious, especially if this is your first time providing senior care to a loved one. CaraVita Home Care knows first-hand the importance of family caregivers and the stresses they go through attempting to provide the best senior care for their loved ones. CaraVita Home Care would like to provide you some tips to help you better adjust to the caregiving journey.
Frequently, older adults may be experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety for a variety of reasons including:
- Developing medical conditions
- Losing physical capabilities
- Fear of losing their independence
It is essential to listen and be understanding of your loved one that may be going through these situations. Find ways to help them relax to overcome any negative feelings. More than just being a senior caregiver, you have to forge companionship with your loved one and be someone they can feel comfortable sharing their feelings with. Recognize that there are things that cannot be changed and it’s best to be understanding during this time.
Senior Personal Care
One of the most prominent roles in the caregiver journey is assisting your loved one with personal physical care. For caregivers who take care of seniors with less mobility, it a substantial physical task that includes duties such as making food, bathing, dressing, and assistance using the restroom. Seniors that are still quite mobile may need help with other physical tasks like working out or going for a walk to ensure they don't injure themselves.
Things can get quite hectic for those caring for a senior, especially if they don’t have everything properly organized or have a schedule set in place. Multiple medications, doctor appointments, and specific dietary guidelines can all become a blur for even the most organized person. Your loved one may not have the strength to clean their home and organize things as they did before. Organization of your loved one’s home and medications are all a part of the caregiving responsibility. Keep a schedule so you don’t lose track of anything necessary for your loved one.
Care for Yourself
Caring for your loved one can take up a lot of time and energy. It is important to not forget to care for yourself, as this can lead to caregiver burnout. The psychological impact that caregiving has on a caregiver can be tremendous. Remember to take time for yourself, get enough sleep, and find ways to help clear your mind from stress.
Take time out of the day to ensure you eat a nutritious meal. It’s easy to get caught up in all the care needed; and grabbing a quick bite of junk food to eat can be unhealthy. Release your feelings in positive ways such as exercising, or join a support group in the area to talk to someone that understands the caregiving experience.
If you feel like caregiving may not be for you or if you would like some extra help caring for your loved one, CaraVita has various care options and personalized services to meet you and your loved one’s needs. If you are unsure of where to start, take our in-home care assessment today!