It may seem extremely simple, but a basic calendar is one of the most useful tools you can have in your journey as a family caregiver. Utilizing a calendar effectively enables you to keep your schedule under control and organize all of your efforts so what they are not only most efficient for your senior, but also enable you to focus on the other obligations and responsibilities in your life.
As the new year approaches, now is the ideal time for you to set up your caregiver calendar for the year to come. While you won’t be able to add everything you’ll need to do during this first planning session, you can get a lot done and get started on your goal of being more organized and keeping your schedule under control. These will reduce your stress and make you a more beneficial and effective caregiver for your senior and for all those who rely on you.
Use these tips to start the new year organized by setting up your caregiver calendar:
Start by adding those items that don’t change from year to year, including birthdays and anniversaries. Mark these on the calendar and then make notes in pencil on the days near those dates when you may plan for a celebration or activity associated with that event. Even if you don’t have a specific idea what you might be doing, marking it now can provide more structure for the rest of your schedule as you get closer to that event.
Use different colored pens for the different members of your family so you can quickly and easily is see who is doing what on any given day. This helps you to prevent overbooking and keeps your efforts on track.
Schedule in your time for yourself at the beginning of your planning efforts. As a family caregiver, you are more prone to stress, anxiety, and complications associated with these than other people. Taking time for yourself away from your care efforts rests your mind, allows it to heal, reduces stress, and protects your health and well-being. Taking some time every week should be a priority in your schedule.
Talk to your senior’s doctors and tentatively schedule appointments for check-ups and treatments that are planned at regular intervals so you can add those to the calendar now and plan around them as the time comes.
When you take on the role of being a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you are likely to experience stress. Having a home care provider as a part of your care routine can be an effective and meaningful way to reduce this stress and guard you from potential health consequences associated with it.
An in-home senior care services provider can offer a full range of high customized services specifically designed with your elderly loved one in mind. This means you can feel confident your parent is getting everything they need, when they need it, and that you can still manage all other aspects of your life as well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Chester PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise.
"Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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