So many caregivers are completely on their own. Either family members live too far away to participate in caregiving or it really is just you. Regardless, you have to make sure that you’ve got as many other options as you can so that you don’t burn yourself out.
Make Sure You’ve Got a Way to Take Time for You.
The biggest danger as a caregiver who is doing it all is that you can very easily burn yourself out. You have to find a way to be able to take time away from caregiving now and again so that you can recharge and come back to the situation with a fresh take. Hiring home care providers may be the way to go for you, because you know that someone with experience is there in your place for your senior.
Seek out Community Help.
Depending on the situation that you’re in, you may want to make sure that you’re accessing all the help that you can. Agencies that help the elderly in your area can often offer very specific help with smaller issues. While this might not seem like it does much at first, what happens is that you’re able to free up your time and attention so that you can handle the situations that you absolutely cannot pass off to anyone else.
Find Other Ways for Family Members to Help Out.
If you’re lucky, you may still have other family members who want to help, even if they live far away. There may still be some ways that they can help you and your elderly family member, even if that assistance isn’t hands-on. Perhaps someone can handle research or telephone calls that you don’t have time to make. Look for ways that someone could help no matter where they’re located.
Figure out Your Backup Plan.
At some point, you may not be able to be a caregiver any longer. This is especially true if you’ve been demanding way too much out of yourself. This point may be years in the future, too, so don’t overlook that another family member may be able to step in at a later date. Assess what options you have and see what you need to do in order to set those in motion.
Surviving your caregiving journey intact is so much easier when you know where you’re going and what you can do if something changes on you quickly. This means you need to really get a handle on who can help you and where you can turn for assistance.