Senior Care in New Haven CT: How to Start Scheduling Time for Yourself as a Family Caregiver


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How to Start Scheduling Time for Yourself as a Family Caregiver

Senior Care in New Haven CT

Senior Care in New Haven CTIf you've never scheduled time for yourself, it's time that you start. Being a family caregiver means being on call more often than not, but you still need regular breaks.

Look at Your Current Schedule and Determine What Needs to Go

Almost everyone has some items in their daily schedule that no longer serve them or that otherwise need to go. Perhaps there are some tasks that you can delegate to someone else or there are activities that you really don't enjoy. Look at what commitments you can step away from and then do so. You'll have freed up more time than you think.

Put in Your "Must Dos"

When you go to make your new schedule, start by putting in your "must dos." These are the tasks, activities, and events that you absolutely must do. For best results, start with the must dos that have a set date and time associated with them and then fill in the ones that you can do at any time.

Start out with Smaller Expectations

You're just starting out with adding time for yourself into your schedule, so you don't want to overextend yourself right out of the gate. Start slowly and with smaller expectations. Initially, pencil in a 10 minute break each day. Gradually increase that time or add in additional breaks. But starting out slowly and not expecting everything all at once will help you stick with this new way of thinking about your time.

Make the Break Just That—A Break

When you do take a break now, do you find that you're often doing something else as well, such as folding laundry or making a quick phone call to sort out a problem? That's not a break. A break means that you're doing something for yourself, such as meditating or enjoying a cup of tea or a good book. Your break should be a few moments away from the things that you are otherwise doing.

Give Yourself Big and Small Breaks

As you gain more experience in mastering your time, add in both longer and shorter breaks to maximize your time to yourself. You might include a full afternoon off once a week, for example, on the days that your loved one's senior care providers stop in. Play with the timing to figure out what works best for you.

As you become more adept at making sure your time is better utilized, including time off for yourself, it becomes easier to keep scheduling your time. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in New Haven, CT. Please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare East Haven. Call today: (203) 691-5071.

Gordon A. Wall
Gordon A. Wall

Welcome to SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven, CT. We are an agency that provides non-medical services such as companion care, homemaking, personal care , and respite care to individuals of all age groups. Our mission is to assist individuals to reach the maximum amount of independence they can achieve, and to improve the quality of life for those that are experiencing physical or mental disabilities. These disabilities may include, but are not limited to, stroke, Alzheimer's or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer.

Hello, my name is Gordon Wall and I am the President and owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven, Ct. My wife and I have been in the medical field for 35 years as I am a Registered Pharmacist and my wife a Registered Nurse. Although SYNERGY HomeCare is a non-medical agency, together we have a long history of medical expertise that is beneficial in providing homecare services.

We understand the challenges, both physically and mentally, that are involved in caring for aging parents, as we have had our own personal experiences, and are aware of the demands it places on family members as they endeavor to maintain their own household/lives. We are very passionate about maintaining the integrity of the workers and the dignity of the clients. We strive to make aging and healing a beautiful part of life and realize the importance of staying in ones home to achieve this. Whatever age requires the service.....'There is no place like home'.

We specially train our caregivers/CNA's to meet the individualized needs per diagnosis. We instill in them the importance of treating each person with respect, compassion, and having empathy with their client. Each caregiver/CNA is CPR certified, they have evidence of negative TB testing, they are fully insured and a national criminal background check is performed. My wife works with each caregiver clinically before they are assigned to a client. Once assigned to a client, quality calls and visits are conducted to make sure the client/family is satisfied with the care they are receiving with their caregiver(s). There are times when a client is receiving medical care. We also can work side by side with a medical team in providing additional non-medical care.

As SYNERGY HomeCare of East Haven our service area consists of New Haven, East Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Northford, Wallingford, and Durham. Our services are not limited to providing care only in one's home, but also to those individuals who require assistance in hospitals, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities.

There is much more to be said about SYNERGY HomeCare, our CNA's, and our services. Feel free to contact our

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