When providing care for a loved one, it can be difficult to balance caregiving work and a personal life. As loved ones are often living with their caregivers, it can be hard for you to find some personal space to retreat to when needing a break.
At Brickmont, we value our caregivers and understand that they are doing work that has a deep, meaningful purpose in our communities. We want to share some helpful tips with family caregivers so you can take a break and relax occasionally.
Make Time for Yourself
As a caregiver, it’s likely that you don’t get much time to yourself. Taking care of a loved one can be extremely time-intensive, so finding time to relax can be challenging. It’s important for senior caregivers to take some time to rest because it helps avoid caregiver burnout and replenish energy levels.
If you enjoy reading, read a few chapters of your favorite book while your loved one takes a nap. If you prefer to listen to music, try having some music playing in the background while you spend time with your loved one. Brickmont Assisted Living knows that even the smallest of things can work to improve your mood, which is essential when caring for older adults.
Ask for Help
It’s important to ask for help when you’re needing some relief. Many times, caregivers can rely on friends and other family members to assist them in providing care for the senior in their life. Talk with them to see if they can help you for a few hours while while you rest or perhaps get a few necessary errands done.
If you prefer to have some help while you’re present, try to split up the necessary work so that you can both finish everything sooner and focus on your loved one. It’s very challenging for only one person to provide care for a loved one, so take advantage of the chance whenever you have the opportunity.
Live in the Moment
When caring for the senior in your life, you may begin to realize that this situation is very long-term, which can be daunting for many. Although you and others will be providing care for a prolonged period, try to focus on the now. When caregivers only see the long-term picture, they forget about all of the meaningful moments that happen every day.
Take a few minutes to cherish the time that you’re spending with your loved one and think of it as a blessing, rather than an obligation. This is your opportunity to understand your loved one’s wants, needs, dreams, and wishes and help them achieve their goals.
Join a Support Group
When things begin to get hard, it can be helpful to join a support group that is made up of other individuals as senior caregivers. Groups allow members to speak about their experiences, relate to them in ways that others can’t, and learn about important topics in caregiving.
If you prefer not to join a group, try setting up a meeting with a few friends every week or so. Just having someone to confide in and talk to about your experiences can help to provide some relief.
Reflect on Your Journey
Throughout your caregiving journey, you should take time to reflect on the exciting experiences, friendly conversations, and tear-jerking moments that you’ve shared with your loved one. It can be easy to lose sight of the meaningful part of your relationship when you’re overwhelmed with caregiving duties.
When you’re having a hard time, remember that you’ve learned a great deal, made a difference in your loved one’s life, and you became a better person for doing it.
Brickmont Assisted Living believes that caregivers are the driving force behind an exceptional senior living experience. We want to highlight all of the family caregivers that go above and beyond every day to provide excellent care for the person they love.
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