Family caregivers often face challenges while carrying out daily tasks for an aging loved one. Taking care of your own needs can help you focus better on the tasks of caring for your loved one. Milwaukee in-home care professionals recommend family caregivers resolve to take better care of themselves this year by making any or all of the following New Year’s resolutions.
1. Have a Conversation
Pick a topic and resolve to have a deep conversation about it this year. You might need to learn some current facts, which is a great way to keep your mind alert. Scientists have found people who continue learning are happier.
2. Ask for Help
If you are like many caregivers, you always say no when people ask if you need help. This year, resolve to ask people to help, even if it is just to relieve you of some of your duties. You can also look into the option of hiring a professional respite or live-in caregiver in Milwaukee to help your loved one with the tasks of daily living.
3. Share with Your Family
Just because you are the primary family caregiver does not mean you need to do everything yourself. Share your concerns with your family and brainstorm possible options. Let everyone share the responsibility.
4. Read a Book
Give yourself permission to curl up in a big chair and read a book for five minutes every day. Scientists believe reading is very therapeutic. If you use the local library, there is no cost for this activity.
5. Make a Craft
There are many different options for craft activities. Find one and do it this year. Make the experience even more memorable by letting your loved one make a craft as well.
Writing down your emotions can be very therapeutic. Realize a journal is your space and let your true feelings come out. Journaling can be a great way to brainstorm new solutions and let your emotions out where you know they are safe.
7. Join a Support Group
There are many support groups for family caregivers. Joining one can be invaluable. You can share ideas while learning from people who are walking on a path very similar to your own.
Making resolutions is a great way to start the year. Resolve to keep at least one of these this year because caring for yourself is an important part of caring for your loved one. If you need to take time off from your caregiving duties, consider hiring a compassionate caregiver from Home Care Assistance, a trusted name in elder care. Our caregivers can help your loved one with daily tasks such as meal preparation, personal grooming, and light housekeeping. We also offer more comprehensive options for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care Milwaukee seniors can rely on. To learn more about the care options we offer, call Milwaukee (414) 964-8000 or Waukesha (262) 782-3383 and book a no-obligations consultation with one of our Care Managers.