We either love them or hate them, but whatever our stance on New Year’s resolutions, there’s something fantastically refreshing about moving into a brand new year, offering us a clean slate and a chance to make any changes we desire to improve our total wellbeing or to achieve a new goal or dream.
For family caregivers, resolutions can be especially significant, as they affect not just the caregivers themselves, but their loved ones. It’s worthwhile, however, to keep resolutions sensible. Resolving, for instance, to get a complete eight hours of sleep each night, while caring for a loved one who struggles with sundowning issues in Alzheimer’s, could be setting yourself up for failure.
Try instead to consider one of the following New Year goals especially created with family caregivers in mind:
- I shall reach out for help and support, and take assistance when offered.
- I give myself permission to say “no” to requests to prevent undertaking more than I can comfortably manage.
- I will make my own health (both physical and mental) a priority, making sure that I plan and keep medical-related checkups and appointments.
- I will remind myself that self-care is not at all selfish, and that by taking good care of myself, it’s possible to take better care of my family member.
- I will focus on my energy level, and take measures in order to prevent allowing myself to reach the point of exhaustion, burnout, or depression.
If the mere notion of achieving any of these goals sounds too lofty to even consider, we’ve got a remedy! Partner with Enhanced Home Care for professional, in-home respite care on a regular basis, allowing yourself much-needed time away from meeting the care needs of a senior loved one, while knowing he or she will receive a variety of benefits as well, including increased socialization through the companionship of a trained, experienced, and compassionate caregiver.
Starting with a complimentary in-home consultation, we will listen to the particular requirements and challenges of the senior, and formulate a personalized plan of care to satisfy those needs, through many different services such as:
- Help and support with personal hygiene, dressing, ambulation and transfers
- Running errands, such as grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions
- Transportation to medical appointments and fun outings
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Meal planning and preparation, according to any prescribed dietary plans
- Engagement in conversations, reminiscing, games, and exercise, along with other pastimes which are of interest to the senior loved one
- And lots of others
From all of us at Enhanced Home Care, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the year to come!