As a family caregiver, back-to-school season adds complexity to an already busy day. In addition to getting to your parents’ house each day, you have to get your children to school or the bus stop on time. It can be very hard to get back into the swing of things. How do find the right balance?
Talk to Other Parents
Are there carpools at your children’s school? If there are, is one convenient to your or your parents’ home? If you let another parent take over some of the driving, it frees up a little of your time. You can also look at carpools for after-school practices, meetings, and clubs.
Use Online Scheduling Software
Google Calendar and dozens of other apps are available for free. Use them to keep track of your schedule. Refer to it often so that you’re not missing anything. If you spot a conflict coming up, make sure you talk to other family members to ensure someone can help your parents while you’re attending to something else.
Have a Back-Up Plan
If something happens and you’re having a difficult day, have a back-up plan in place. You may have to bring your mom and/or dad with you to get your children or take them to practice. Have activities, snacks, and drinks packed and ready to go if that happens.
While you’re with your kids, the activities keep your parent busy if watching their grandchild isn’t enough. Tolerance levels depend on any chronic health conditions. For example, if your dad has Alzheimer’s, he may not want to sit still while you wait. A puzzle can be a great distraction.
Schedule Time for Yourself
Don’t take on so much that you lose track of yourself. If you’re at your parents’ house for nine hours and have another hour in driving your kids to and from kids, how much time is left? You have meals, housework, and sleep to fit in. If you have no time left for your own hobbies or interests, you’ll become exhausted.
That exhaustion you feel may not seem like much, but over the weeks and months, it will impact your mental and physical health. If you’re burned out, what happens then? Who is there for your kids and parents? You have to fit in “me time” each day even if it’s only an hour here and there.
Know When You Need Help
Don’t feel ashamed or afraid to ask for help. If you’re overwhelmed, it’s best to get the help you need before you’re burned out. Senior care services are one way to get that help. Let caregivers step up and assist your parents each day. During that time, you can focus on your children’s school transportation, homework help, and extracurricular activities. All it takes is a call to a senior care agency.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Senior Care in Doral, FL please contact the caring staff at Elite Care at Home today at (305) 231-0555.
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