Caregiving isn’t for everyone, and for those who do take up that mantle, the responsibility can be a rewarding albeit stressful endeavor. When you’re trying to live your own life as well as taking care of an elderly parent, your time and energy gets used up quickly. Many adult children may start finding themselves withdrawing from their own children and possibly getting depressed because of the work. There are ways that you can balance your life with caregiving and still be able to do the things you love while meeting the needs of your mother or father. Caring for them can strengthen your relationship and allow you to give back to the loving parent that raised you.
Balance Life and Caregiving
Here are five ways that you can still do very well in both caregiving and your own life without losing your sanity. Try them as you continue to care for your parent, and see how these things can make a difference.
- It’s important to treat elderly family members with respect, but don’t forget to take care of yourself, too. You have to have time to do the hobbies and things you love and spend time with other friends and people. Without caring for your own needs first, you won’t be able to care for anyone else.
- Hire a caregiver from senior care services for a few days a week. You don’t have to completely give over your caregiving duties, but having help once in a while to give you a break is one way to thrive. Your parent’s needs will still be met, and you’ll have some time to relax and take care of your own family.
- Value and encourage your senior parent’s interests and hobbies. If they love to read, even though their eyesight might be failing, find a book club for them to join. This will enable them to have something to be passionate about, get out and be social, and give you some time off.
- Laugh all the time! You need the good feelings and energy that comes with spending quality time with people you love, not just the parent you are caring for. Don’t feel guilty about having time to yourself and keep contact with your friends and other relatives.
- Lastly, a good way to love life while caregiving is to have something you are passionate about. If you’re still working, why not start a new project at your job? Whether you’re working or not, is there a hobby you used to do that you miss, or one you’ve always meant to start? Try learning a language or playing a musical instrument – no one is too old to begin something new.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of senior care in Webster, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.
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