This is the time of year when most people start thinking about what’s to come and how they will make the most of the next year. As a family caregiver, many of these thoughts might revolve around how you will be a better caregiver for your parent, and how you will be able to support them in living their best life as they age.
While these are very important goals, it is also important to keep yourself and your life beyond your care efforts in mind. When you focus on your own needs and your identity beyond being a caregiver, you not only respect yourself and protect your health and well-being, but you also prepare yourself for a meaningful and fulfilling life after your caregiver efforts come to an end.
Some New Year’s resolutions you can use to improve your life beyond your care efforts include:
Resolve to be more gentle with yourself. You do not have to devote every waking moment to caring for your parent, nor should you. Don’t feel guilty when you want to take some time for yourself or enjoy an activity outside of your care efforts. Not only is this important for your own well being, but it also helps to promote a healthier relationship with your aging parent.
Resolve to protect your relationships. Many family caregivers struggle in their personal relationships with their partners, children, and friends after they become family caregivers. This is because they are so devoted to their care efforts that they neglect these relationships and don’t take the time to continue enjoying them. Remember the value of these relationships in your life and set aside time on a regular basis to connect with the valuable people in your life and maintain a close relationship with them.
Resolve to take better care of yourself. Your physical, mental, and emotional health are valuable, and should not be sacrificed for the benefit of anyone else. This year, make sure you are setting aside enough time for you to fulfill your own needs and preserve your own well-being. This includes making sure you’re getting enough sleep, staying physically active, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding germs and illness.
Resolve to strive for something. Fulfillment and satisfaction are an important part of life. When you are deeply entrenched in at care efforts for an elderly adult, particularly in an elderly adult with major care requirements such as one with a progressive health issue, it may be difficult to find these. make a New Year’s resolution to find something in your life that is just for you and that brings you this sense of accomplishment, fulfillment, and satisfaction. This can be a new hobby, a form of volunteer work, or a career aspiration. Whatever brings you a sense of meaning in yourself is valuable.
Aging-in-place is an important priority for many elderly adults.
If your senior is suffering from challenges and limitations that compromise their ability to manage activities of daily living or support their health, however, you may worry that they are unable to achieve this goal. Bringing elderly care into your routine can make it possible. An elderly home care services provider offers services that are completely customized to your parent and their needs.
This means that they are able to handle their health, mobility, cognitive, emotional, and other needs in the ways that are right for them and that will promote safety and well-being throughout their later years. As a family caregiver, this can ease stress and promote greater confidence and peace of mind throughout this journey.