One of the most difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent or relative. Juggling 24-hour care and the needs of your family can place a huge strain on your life. Therefore, to help your elderly relative receive the support they need and provide you with a much-needed break, we have put together a few New Year’s resolutions for you to follow in 2015.
Look after yourself
It is important to remember to look after yourself when you are caring for a relative. They say that prevention is better than cure, so if you feel you are prone to becoming poorly, make appointments for vaccinations, take time to exercise, relax and eat well.
These simple steps will ensure you are not only caring for your well-being but the well-being of your relative.
Attend a Support Group
Caring for a parent can be stressful and cause frustration and worry.
Support groups for carers are held locally and provide you with the opportunity to socialise and share experiences with others who are in similar situations.
Help at home.
There is nothing wrong with admitting you need support or some respite when caring for a relative. Support with care at home can include assistance with personal care, household tasks or company for your loved one whilst you have a break.
Time is valuable
Being responsible for the care of elderly parents takes time. Be aware of how much time you are spending looking after them. Prioritise tasks so that you don’t find yourself running around in circles, instead of achieving your desired tasks and goals.
And finally, have fun with your parents and share moments such as looking at old photographs, sharing old stories and maybe listening to or singing their favorite songs.