Elder Care in Southbury CT
When you're experiencing a situation from the point of view of a crisis, everything is urgent and has to be handled now. Caregiving doesn't have to be that way every day, though.
Have a Care Plan
A care plan is a way for you to keep up with what kinds of care your elderly loved one needs and how that care is to be achieved. It includes not only what needs to be done, but how it will be done as well as who is responsible for which tasks. Having a care plan in place gives you a plan to follow even in an emergency when you might not be thinking clearly. Your loved one's doctor and elder care providers can all help you to flesh out your loved one's care plan.
Put Yourself First
Family caregivers tend to put themselves at the bottom of the list. The problem is that when you have a crisis of your own or you're sick, everything else fails because it relies on you not having issues. When your own self-care is just as important to you, you're focusing on all of the things that can help prevent your own crisis. You're getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising, and visiting your own doctor, so issues with your own health are less likely to sneak up on you.
Set Boundaries for Yourself
Boundaries are a way for you to honor your own limitations. Few of us like to admit it, but we do all have our own limitations. When you encounter one of your boundaries, you have to know how you'll cope with that. If, for example, you have a bad back, you know that one of your limitations is that you're not going to be able to lift your loved one. That is a boundary for you and you'll need to have help if you reach a point where your loved one needs that type of assistance.
Bring in Extra Help When You Need It
Another common cause of a crisis situation is that a family caregiver suspects that she needs help, but doesn't enlist it. This can be help in the form of needing someone to take over the house cleaning, errands, or even meal preparation. It can also mean help in the form of other family members being available to cover respite care for the caregiver. Accept now that you can't do it all alone and include provisions for extra help in your loved one's care plan.
The more thorough you are with your planning the more likely you'll be able to avoid caregiving from a crisis mode.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Southbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.