Whether you’re the family caregiver to your parents or a sibling is, it’s important to focus on the things that reduce stress and ease daily routines. The goal is to avoid caregiver burnout. Put these five suggestions to work helping your family with the care your parents need.
Online Caregiving Apps
Keeping track of appointments, medications, to-do lists, and schedules gets tricky when you have multiple siblings helping out with care. With an online caregiving app, you can track everything in a setting where you can all share notes, photos, and upcoming appointments.
Social Potluck Dinner
When you’re a family caregiver, it can be hard to schedule social activities. When you have a break, you may not have the energy to go out. Instead of requiring the caregiver to go out, plan a social event at their home.
Everyone can bring a dish and beverages and treat the family caregiver to a fully prepared dinner. Make sure the caregiver knows that the house doesn’t need to be cleaned. Close friends could help if it would make the caregiver feel better. You could also chip in and hire a house cleaner for a few hours if the homeowner is agreeable.
Dinner and a Movie
Listen to the caregiver’s wishes. If you hear anything about the caregiver wanting an evening out, make it happen. Dinner and a movie is a great choice. There’s the social aspect of the dinner together, but the movie allows the caregiver to escape everyday stress for a couple of hours.
A Spa Day
How long has it been since the family caregiver has gotten a haircut, skin treatment, manicure/pedicure, and/or massage? Talk to the family caregiver to see what that caregiver wishes would happen. Hair may be on the top of the list. Book an appointment for a cut and style. If multiple services are desired, pair them up and make a full day of it.
Respite Care Services
Respite care is useful for giving family caregivers breaks as needed. You could have a home care aide come in once a week while you run errands or for a week while you go on vacation.
Home care agencies can help you find the right services and go over the pricing. Don’t try to do it all and wear yourself out. With caregivers available to give you breaks, you can provide excellent care for your parents without burning out. Call a home care agency to talk about your parents’ care needs.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care Miami Beach, FL please contact the caring staff at Elite Care At Home today at (305) 231-0555.