Time is on Your Side
Caregivers in New Brunswick Township NJ
Every life is filled with blessings and challenges. Reminding your parent about the positive aspects of their life before addressing their age-related declining physical or mental concerns helps create peace instead of conflict. “You’ve got so many great memories, Mom. We should write some of those down—you know how forgetful I can be.” A smile creeps across your mom’s face.
As a family caregiver, it’s easy to spend vast amounts of your time worrying. Did I remember to remind them to take their medication? Did I turn the teapot off? Did I check for hazards in the hallway before I left? Worry will suck the life right out of you. You really won’t remember the time you forget to have your mom take her medication right on time. You will remember the hour you spent together sharing stories, baking, holding hands. So the next time your mind starts checking off the what ifs, stop. Take a deep breath. Remind yourself of what truly matters.
“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.”—Margaret Peters. As a family caregiver, this would be a good quote to hang on the refrigerator, bathroom mirror, closet door—anywhere that you look often. Let it remind you of the truth: time is all we really have. Making the most of it with your aging parent will help them traverse the stages of aging in beauty and grace, and it will help you knowing you improved their life just by taking the time to be a part of it.
“Let’s have somebody else do the cooking and dishes today so that we can have time to go out for a walk,” you say to your parent as you look at the clock. You swear you just saw her eyes twinkle. Asking for help from friends and family members should be on the top of your priority list. No one can be the one and only caregiver. Having certain chores in mind can help them know just what you would like help with and if they have the time to offer. The clearer the question, the more concise the answer, leaving little room for misunderstandings. An elderly care provider is also a wonderful addition to your “helping hands” list. They’re happy to do some light cleaning, cook meals, go to the grocery store, help with daily hygiene and other errands, giving you time for making the memories that count.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in New Brunswick Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.
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