A New Year means new goal setting, and that means for caregivers, too! As you think about what you want out of life for yourself and your loved ones moving into a New Year, what comes to mind? We are huge advocates of small wins. Goals do not have to be major milestones or unachievable things that seem far reaching. They can be as simple as letter writing. They can include setting a timer for five minutes a day to rest, relax, and give yourself some “ME” time.
To get inspired for the coming year, think about what’s important to you, what you can do to improve your own wellbeing, and perhaps small changes to improve the lives of those you care for. Here are some possible resolutions for 2022 to consider.
1. Consider Help
This is perhaps the biggest and most important resolution to consider, which is why we’ve placed it first. Caregivers often experience both mental and physical stress while giving their caregiving duties. Therefore, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. If you feel as if being a caregiver has unduly stressed you, it may be time to consider seeking assistance from a professional home care service provider.
2. Care For Yourself
Self-care is incredibly important for caregivers, in particular. Make sure that you’re taking time for yourself, away from the individual for whom you are caring. You need time to pursue your own interests or to simply relax and unwind. The more attentive you are to these needs, the easier it will be for you to take care of the person you love properly and efficiently.
3. Evaluate Costs
Caregiving can be rather expensive. While some people think that paying for a home care service is too expensive, others find that it is more cost-efficient than caregiving on their own. Do a cost analysis and asses where you really stand. You may be surprised by how hiring a home care service can actually be the most affordable option.
4. Have a Discussion
Discuss any concerns and considerations you may have with the person you’re caring for, to the extent that you can. Their input matters too! While these conversations can be difficult, you’ll probably feel better if you’re able to flesh out all options and receive their input on their quality of life. You should also have conversations with their doctors and other medical personnel to ensure they’re receiving proper care without placing an undue burden on yourself.
5. Join a Support Group
No one can handle this on their own. Consider joining a support group for caregivers to receive some emotional help. It may be easier for you to give care if you can discuss your problems with the people who share your trials and tribulations. You may also get some great ideas to improve the situation or receive recommendations for home care services in your area.
Being a caregiver is one of the most difficult jobs anyone can take on. As the year wraps up, think about setting one or more of these resolutions for a brighter 2022. For more on how we can help, please contact us today.