Resolutions for Caregiving
Creating Resolutions for yourself and your loved ones will make life a whole lot easier for the New Year. The end of the year is a time of reflection and figuring out what you would like to change for the New Year. Caregiving can be stressful, overwhelming and disorganizing. Here are my best tips to make the New Year a prosperous, productive and happy one. Dealing with this all year and being careful not to burnout over the holiday can cause strain on you, as the caregiver. Here are my tips and suggestions.
1. Organization Resolutions
We collect so many things over the past year and may not even know what we have in the home to help us. Go through every room and get rid of anything that you have not used in 6 months. For some much-needed help, check out this site or this one on staying organized.
2. Health Resolutions
Go through all medications with your doctor. See if you can get rid of certain medications or change to combine some. Clean out all medicine cabinets and get rid of anything that has an expired date. For some help, check out this site.
3. Exercise Resolutions
It is absolutely vital for good health and well being. It can help with a number of ailments like arthritis. First of all, consult your physician to make sure it is ok. Then start off slow and stretch before starting anything. For some help, check out this site.
4. Nutrition Resolutions
Clean out all cabinets and refrigerator to start with a clean slate. Try new recipes and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Check out this old post to help provide proper nutrition.
5. Sleep Resolutions
Sleep is vital to maintaining good health. Start by going to sleep and waking up the same time every day. If you are having problems sleeping, find the source and change things. Get a new mattress or pillows or change the bedding to make it more inviting and comfortable. For more information, check out this site.
6. Safety Resolutions
Go through the house and secure all rugs, electric cords. Clear out any furniture or items that may be a tripping hazard. Install grab bars in the bathroom, hallway, bedroom and any area that may be hard to get up or down. Check out this old post to help with home safety for senior parents.
7. Socialize Resolutions
Join a support group, or club to keep you interacting with like-minded people in your situation to stay connected. When our loved ones who socialize, have the strongest sense of purpose are much less likely to become depressed and be healthier.
8. Manage Stress and Happiness Resolutions
It is much easier to be happy that it is to be angry and stress out. Find the problems that are stressful and change it to a happier existence. Take baby steps, build in rewards for your progress, and make a few other minor changes and you will see greater success with less stress. Life is to short for anything else.
9. Get affairs in order Resolutions
The first of every year is a good time to make sure your affairs are in order. Reviewing your personal and business documents with your attorney and financial advisor will give you peace of mind. Get a notebook or journal and write down all your information. Fill out a will to avoid complications after you pass. Sign a living will and or a DNR order (Do Not Resuscitate) and have it filled with your doctor’s office. Check out this wonderful planner I have put together to help.
In an emergency, can you get to vital information quickly? Keeping track of all the important details as you help your parent or another aging family member is crucial. Caregiving can become a job in itself especially when bits and pieces of information can be stored in so many places.
Experience the feeling of relief when all the pertinent personal, legal, and financial information is collected and stored in one place. Come check it out for peace of mind.
10. Establish privacy and boundaries Resolutions
Privacy and boundaries are very important to relieve stress and conflict. Caring for a loved one can create issues on both sides. So sit down and let each other know your expectations and dislikes. For the caregiver, let your loved one know when the situation becomes overwhelming. And you are in the need of a break. For your loved one, ask them about their bathing, toileting, and dressing preferences.
Let me help
Overseeing this can cause you to stress because you can’t be in 2 places at one time: taking care of your business and taking care of your loved one. Look into hiring some help. This will give you the opportunity to get some rest and also make sure your loved one is properly cared for. Or maybe you want to spend more time with your loved one while taking a break from some of the redundant business tasks like sending out emails, returning calls, or organizing files. Let’s chat about how I can be of service to you so you can take care of your business and your loved one.
Don’t forget about taking care of yourself and keeping your business going while you are caregiving. I’m here to assist you on this journey, schedule your planning session with me so we can look at how to keep your life and your business running smoothly.
The New Year is a good time for family caregivers to make resolutions. To change and tweak how they feel about the previous year of caregiving responsibilities. Family caregivers get focused on so many things they are doing to help their loved ones and forget to take care of their own basic needs. That’s why we suggest family caregivers take care of themselves as well so they can do the best job possible for their loved ones. It is also suggested to occasionally bring in outside help so they get a break. Happy caregivers are productive caregivers.