The first week of August is “Simplify Your Life Week.” That may seem like an impossibility when you’re the caregiver of an elderly loved one. Taking care of your loved one, plus managing all of the other responsibilities in your life can seem like a never-ending cycle and one that is definitely not simple! Because there are so many different things to manage when helping your loved one age in place or even moving them in with you, caregivers are often overwhelmed and become burned out. A cycle of burnout and stress will not only affect your health negatively, but it will also eventually affect those around you as stress continues to build up.
So, how do you simplify your life? While there are many ways to begin, the most important step can often be a baby step. Look at what responsibilities bring you the least joy and see if you can find someone to help you with them. By freeing up your time to do the things you enjoy and not getting bogged down in the responsibilities that sap all of your energy, you can simplify your life.
Hiring a home care professional to help you with some of those extra responsibilities can help you simplify your life by not having to squeeze in every chore and never having time to simply relax. Let’s look at just a few ways a home care professional can help you simplify and enjoy life.
- Household chores. Not too many people love scrubbing floors, doing laundry, washing dishes, and cleaning the bathroom. When you’re a caregiver, you might be finding you’re not only doing it in your own home but helping your aging loved one to do the same in her home. A home care service provider can help you get back that time spent cleaning by helping your loved one with tasks around her home. Then you and your loved one can spend time together on a relaxing walk or swinging in a hammock, enjoying the summer breeze.
- Mealtimes. Does grocery shopping, meal prep, and making sure your loved one eats right complicate your life (especially as you try to make sure your kids do the same)? Then a home care provider might be just what you need to help you with your loved one. A home care provider can help by taking your loved one grocery shopping, helping her prep foods for quick meals, and even joining her for some meals so that she has companionship while eating.
- Transportation. Having someone provide transportation for your loved one so she can get to and from her important appointments can help you simplify what your day looks like. Without having to worry about the extra travel time, you might find more free time to relax and do the things you enjoy again.
The first week of August is a great time to reevaluate how you’re managing all of the responsibilities that come with caring for an aging loved one and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, looking for ways to simplify it all.