While providing care for a senior parent or loved one is a meaningful and rewarding experience, it may seem like there are not enough minutes in the day, and it can be challenging to find a balance between all the different hats you wear.
Franklin Park® Senior Living knows how much goes into caring for a senior. Throughout San Antonio, Texas, our luxury senior living communities offer services and amenities that support individuals and families. We want to help you on your caregiving journey, so we are sharing three tips on how to find balance as a family caregiver.
Tip #1: Organization is Key
Caregiving tasks like doctor appointments, making trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, prepping meals, cleaning, and maintaining your loved one’s normal routine are enough to keep anyone busy and require organization. Not to mention, you still have to add all of your other responsibilities to your calendar.
You are busy. Your caregiving tasks likely take up the majority of your time but now add in your work, family, alone time, and any other responsibilities that you may have. Without organization, you are more likely to miss something or stretch yourself too thin. Stay organized by making to-do lists, creating calendars, updating a planner, or using whatever organization method works best for you and your family.
However, keeping your schedule and tasks organized is only part of the solution. It is also crucial to keep your family member’s important documents (medical records, financial statements, etc.) in order. By doing so, you can keep track of your loved one’s health conditions and how they change or progress over time, as well as easily recall any medical history that their doctor needs. You never know when you may need this information, but when you do, you will be happy that it is all organized in one place.
Tip #2: Take Care of Yourself
It can be easy to get caught up in all of your responsibilities and forget to take some time out of your busy schedule for yourself, but this is something that you should not put off. Caring for a senior or another person can take a lot out of you, and if you do not prioritize yourself, you could be at risk of experiencing caregiver burnout.
If you are running on empty and not feeling your best, how do you expect yourself to provide your loved one with the best possible care? Carve out time for yourself and do something that recharges you. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough quality sleep are all part of being a great caregiver.
Tip #3: Ask for and Accept Help
You are only one person, and it is okay that you cannot do everything on your own. There is no shame in asking for help or accepting it when someone else offers to take a task off your plate. You should not feel guilty for needing support.
If you feel overwhelmed, ask family members if they would be willing to lend a hand. Be specific, though, about what you need them to do for you or your loved one. This way, there is no confusion about who is doing what.
If asking your family members or friends for help is not an option, senior care options such as a senior living community could be the solution.
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At Franklin Park® Senior Living, we offer exceptional care and services that provide residents endless opportunities to embark on new adventures, expand their horizons, and create meaningful experiences.
Our luxury senior living communities throughout San Antonio, Texas, offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care lifestyle options with upscale amenities that create a sense of belonging and comfort while boasting a modern style of living.
To learn more about what our communities have to offer, visit our website or contact a member of the Franklin Park® Senior Living team.
The role that you have taken on as your loved one’s caregiver is one that you and your family will cherish. Remember to find balance by enjoying the extra quality time that you have together while also prioritizing your own health and wellness.