How can I streamline my caregiving responsibilities?
If you are a family caregiver, you know that everyday bumps in the road are nothing new. Some might arise from your routine caregiving responsibilities, while others might be related to work, family, or finances.
Family caregivers are resilient, flexible, and are no stranger to obstacles. But if you’re always in the cycle of gerbil wheel caregiving, you risk experiencing caregiver burnout. Even if you can’t completely take a break from your role, you can still streamline your responsibilities.
Simplifying caregiving helps everyone involved in your parent’s care, not just you as the primary caregiver. While it does help make more time for yourself, it also means fewer obstacles in your loved one’s care and better understanding from everyone.
The question is, how do you do that?
Here’s how to make your caregiving responsibilities a little easier.
1. Recognize Your Loved One’s Needs
Monitoring your aging parents’ physical and cognitive ability to live independently is vital.
Does your mom stay on top of housework, hygiene, and other tasks, but consistently forget to pay bills?
Additionally, track your parents’ mobility and ability to get around. Is it time to talk to your parents about driving? Do they have a close friends circle or social outlets?
If you are a long-distance caregiver, consider finding someone who can routinely check on your parents at home. Sometimes, elders may seem fine over the phone, but their living situation may tell a different story.
2. Safety At Home
You shouldn’t have to be around your loved one 24/7 to make sure they’re safe at home. Ensuring your aging parent’s wellbeing — especially if they live alone — will help your peace of mind. There are many home modifications for seniors, devices, and apps to promote senior safety, independence, and quality of life.
3. Create A Support Network
Utilizing programs or services for caregivers and seniors is a big step toward streamlining your caregiving responsibilities. Eldercare.gov is a great resource from the federal government that offers a catalog of local services.
Build a support network for yourself and your loved one by turning to a caregiving agency, other relatives, medical professionals, and organizations like Meals On Wheels. Seeking help from a geriatric care manager is another valuable resource.
Consider hiring a professional caregiver to assist with certain duties, especially if your parent has specific medical needs. A qualified caregiver can also help with transportation, meal preparation, activities of daily living, and other tasks throughout the week, so you struggle less balancing other responsibilities.
4. Take Advantage Of Your Time Together
You might feel like the time you spend with your parents is never enough, even if you live in the same city. But, you can make the most of your visits. Meet with other friends, their neighbors, and their medical team to learn about their wellbeing. Their insights will help guide you as you determine the next steps in their care.
5. Make Sure Moving Is The Right Decision
Moving is one of the most challenging events for elders and their families. But sometimes, aging in place isn’t an option. You may decide to move your loved one into your home instead of a nursing home or assisted living facility.
You and your family must determine if your home is suitable for your aging parent, but if everyone is ready to manage caregiving responsibilities full-time.
6. Settle Family Feuds
Family disputes can be a common occurrence. The Alzheimer’s Association says, “Caregiving issues can often ignite or magnify family conflicts, especially when people cope differently with caregiving responsibilities.”
Family caregiving should be a team effort, and relatives must put aside their differences for the sake of the loved one. Ease conflict by clearly and respectfully expressing your needs while acknowledging the needs of your loved one and listening to your family as they communicate with you.
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- “Strategies to Simplify Caregiving Responsibilities.” Strategies on How to Simplify Caregiving Responsibilities, https://tinyurl.com/y43rzfwd.
- UHC Newsroom. “Four Ways to Supercharge Your Caregiving.” Newsroom, UHC Newsroom, 6 Nov. 2018, https://tinyurl.com/y4gqgnp2.